Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow OUT TODAY – Share "Quiet Americans" Video

Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow OUT TODAY – Share "Quiet Americans" Video

SHEARWATER

Jet Plane and Oxbow out today
worldwide on Sub Pop

Watch: Shearwater’s “Quiet Americans” official video

UK/IRL Tour Dates:
Feb. 17 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Feb. 18 – Bristol, UK –  The Fleece
Feb. 19 – Leeds, UK – The Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 20 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Feb. 21 – Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Feb. 23 – Dublin, IE –  Button Factory
Feb. 24 – Manchester , UK – Night & Day
Feb. 25 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt


Shearwater have shared the official video for “Quiet Americans”, the lead single from Jet Plane and Oxbow, out TODAY on CD/ 2xLP/ DL worldwide on Sub Pop. The intense visual  stars frontman Jonathan Meiburg and was directed by Alex Rapine.
Stereogum had this to say about the video, “Channeling albums like David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) and the Talking Heads’ Remain In Light, the band’s lead singer and songwriter Jonathan Meiburg has used this new record to add some polished experimentation and drama to the band’s ever-evolving sound. Director Alex Rapine’s video matches that aesthetic shift with a sleek, dark color palette, flickering lights, and a besuited Meiburg showing off his best evil grin (see premiere January 21st).”
Shearwater’s Jet Plane and Oxbow is earning the group some of its best reviews to date, from outlets on both sides of the Atlantic. Highlights include:

NPR Music: “Fussed-over sounds abound — one track finds room for both synthesizer and dulcimer — which helps render Meiburg’s songs both unsettling and majestic. The terrific “Quiet Americans” checks many of the band’s boxes right away, as the synths peal through static, while Meiburg’s vocals bark, swoop, soar and swoon in tune with the moment. From there, the palette expands and contracts to include booming, stadium-sized urgency (“A Long Time Away”); a persistently rumbling, exploratory epic worthy of Wilco (“Filaments”); and a ballad that sneaks in some of Meiburg’s favorite themes (“Wildlife In America”). Of course, that big, elastic voice remains at the center of these songs, but so too does a mandate to fill the surrounding air with big, bold ideas.”

MOJO: “A defiant moody exploration of the magic and menace of technology.” [4/5] Uncut: “Meiburg’s finest album to date.” [8/10]

The Guardian: “Terrific Stuff.” [4/5]

Rolling Stone: “It’s refreshing to hear them switch things up on this, their seventh full-length release, by writing more immediate pop songs without sacrificing their rich, thoughtfully placed instrumentation.”
The Skinny: “The band’s punchiest and most populist work to date.” [4/5]

 

Shearwater begin their European tour on 10 February in Berlin and will hit the UK on 17 February with a London date at Islington Assembly Hall. They will then continue their tour with shows in Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Brighton as well as playing Dublin on 23 February.
Jet Plane and Oxbow is available now through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. LP preorders though megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser” edition on blue coloured vinyl (while supplies last).
More about Shearwater:
This is definitely Shearwater’s biggest and loudest record—it’s easy to imagine these songs roaring from the stage—but it’s also their most detailed and intricate one. Front man Jonathan Meiburg and producer/engineer Reisch (who also recorded 2012’s Animal Joy and the off-the-cuff collaborations of 2014’s Fellow Travelers) spent two years crafting Jet Plane and Oxbow with help from drummer Cully Symington, longtime Shearwater associates Howard Draper and Lucas Oswald, and tourmates Jesca Hoop, Abram Shook, and Jenn Wasner.
But their secret weapon this time is film composer and percussionist Brian Reitzell, whose soundtracks include The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring, and 30 Days of Night. Reitzell’s arsenal of strange instruments emphasizes Jet Plane and Oxbow’s cinematic depth and scope, and reflects the band’s choice to anchor the record in the era when digital technology was just beginning to transform the world of recorded music. In Shearwater’s hands this doesn’t feel like nostalgia; the racing synths and hammered dulcimers of heart-pounding opener “Prime” or the addled motorik of “Radio Silence” sound more like a metaphor for our own bewildering moment (read more atSub Pop).

 

Tour Dates
Feb. 03 – Austin, TX – North Door (w/ Marmalakes)
Feb. 04 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada (w/ Marmalakes)
Feb. 06 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (w/ Jib Kidder)
Feb. 10 – Berlin, DE – Frannz Club
Feb. 11 – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
Feb. 12 – Hamburg, DE –  Molotow
Feb. 13 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Feb. 14 – Brussels. BE – Botanique
Feb. 16 – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Feb. 17 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Feb. 18 – Bristol, UK –  The Fleece
Feb. 19 – Leeds, UK – The Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 20 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Feb. 21 – Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Feb. 23 – Dublin, IE –  Button Factory
Feb. 24 – Manchester , UK – Night & Day
Feb. 25 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Feb. 26 – Paris, FR –  Point Ephémère
Feb. 27 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
Feb. 28 – Fribourg, CH – Nouveau Monde
Mar. 04 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Mar. 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
Mar. 10 – Washington, DC  – Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar. 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House
Mar. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe**
Mar. 17 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern**
Mar. 18 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch**
Mar. 19 – Chicago, IL – Schubas**
Mar. 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
Mar. 25 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Mar. 26 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
** w/ Laura Gibson

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Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow OUT TODAY – Share "Quiet Americans" Video