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Bill Callahan announces new album YTI⅃AƎЯ

15 August 2022, 15:20 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Bill Callahan has announced his forthcoming album YTI⅃AƎЯ, which will mark his first solo project since 2020's Gold Record.

A press release states that Callahan's new album YTI⅃AƎЯ features Matt Kinsey on guitar, Emmett Kelly on bass/backing vocals, Sarah Ann Phillips on piano/backing vocals, and Jim White on drums.

Speaking about the upcoming album, Callahan says, "I wanted to make a record that addressed or reflected the current climate. It felt like it was necessary to rouse people - rouse their love, their kindness, their anger, rouse anything in them. Get their senses working again. I guess there was already plenty of anger! But we needed a better anger. To get out of this hypnagogic state. Hypnagogic rage. Disassociated rage that destroys the community and leaves only the individual eating themselves alive instead of feeding others. We were born to feed others. We have milk, breasts. We have language, tongues. We have music, ears. All to feed."

"At the time it felt like we were coming out of something, getting clear of it," Callahan continues. "So I was picturing songs that would make sense to take before an audience at this crucial juncture -- venturing out -- where things could go either way. A reintroduction to the basics of life. Of human interaction. Face to face. A new clear vision. A new way. Which is probably just an old way we'd abandoned somewhere back there as we retreated into our screened, blindered existence."

Callahan also reveals there are "six or seven" people singing on the new album, and adds, "Listening to this record takes one hour. Ah hour sounds like a year to me these days. Taking an hour of someone's life. I fault the internet. I fault ourselves for falling for the internet. An hour is actually lovely, nothing, a lifetime. You have to live that lifetime though in order to appreciate the hour. I'm not suggesting people must listen to this record all the way through in one sitting. It IS sequenced for that particular purpose, though, in case anyone wants to."

The new album will follow Callahan's 2020 album Gold Record and last year's Blind Date Party collaborative covers album with Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Tracklist:

  1. First Bird
  2. Everyway
  3. Bowevil
  4. Partition
  5. Lily
  6. Naked Souls
  7. Coyotes
  8. Drainface
  9. Natural Information
  10. The Horse
  11. Planets
  12. Last One At The Party
Bill Callahan's YTI⅃AƎЯ album will be released via Drag City on 14 October, and is available to pre-order now. The vinyl edition will follow in 2023. He'll play London's Roundhouse on 2 November.
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