The 11-track collection sees the Portland indie rockers tapping into a new sound. For their eighth full-length to date, they teamed up with producer extraordinaire John Congleton (St. Vincent, David Byrne) for the first time and looked to the discographies of Roxy Music and New Order for added inspiration.
“When you’ve been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into,” says lead singer Colin Meloy. “So our ambition this time was really just to get out of our comfort zone. That’s what prompted working with a different producer and using a different studio. We wanted to free ourselves from old patterns and give ourselves permission to try something different.”
Describing I’ll Be Your Girl in one phrase, Meloy called it “exuberant nihilism,” a reflection of our present day circumstances. He continued, “…an apocalyptic dance party was what we envisioned.”
The new record follows 2015’s What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. It also comes after their Florasongs EP from the same year, a 10th anniversary edition of the classic Crane Wife, and “Ben Franklin’s Song”, an unused Hamilton song penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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I’ll Be Your Girl Tracklist:
01. Once In My Life
02. Cutting Stone
05. Tripping Along
06. Your Ghost
07. Everything Is Awful
08. Sucker’s Prayer
09. We All Die Young
10. Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes
11. I’ll Be Your Girl