Oh sweet mother of hell! Modest Mouse is coming out with its sixth full length album. They have released three songs off of “Strangers to Ourselves” online, reminding us what cool bastards they are. You can check them out on Spotify or by clicking here. The full album will be released on March 3rd, you can preorder it here.
I am including the video to “Coyotes” in this post; the song has something new about it, while still tipping its hat to what has made the band’s sound so recognizable. You still get Isaac Brock’s twangy lyricism and bouncy, nautical tone. But, there’s something about the song that just doesn’t seem familiar. The message behind “Coyotes” is a beautiful and poignant commentary on Man’s (primarily American humans) impact on nature and our complete disregard for those who can’t speak for themselves and the planet that we share with them. I’ve heard that the video itself, which is cute as hell, is based on a true story that took place somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. There is a kind of etherial distance in the way the song progresses, and the depressing self introspection that nearly everything Isaac Brock makes is front and center for the entirety of the three and a half minute lullaby. “Mankind’s behaving like serial killers…” drop mic. The album (as far as we know so far) holds on to the things that made “We Were Dead Before the Ship even Sank” in a pretty big way.
The feels are strong in this song, but this doesn’t seem to be the overall tone of the album. Modest Mouse is great at mixing things up and giving you as much to smile about and sing along to as it does give you things that make you stare longingly at the ground and think about what your life. Lampshades on Fire is a wickedly fun song, it really reminds me of March into the Sea and really could fit somewhere on that album like I’ve alluded to– but, it is very much it’s own song. The latest song that has been released from the album onto the interwebs is “The Best Room” which is still even more unique.
Here’s to the album dropping and soaking it all in!