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Dinosaur Jr. announce new album co-produced by Kurt Vile with lead single "I Ran Away"

23 February 2021, 15:16 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Dinosaur Jr. have finally returned with news of their upcoming album co-produced by Kurt Vile, Sweep It Into Space, and have unveiled "I Ran Away" as the lead outing.

"I Ran Away" is the first taster of Dinosaur Jr.'s first album in nearly five years, and features album co-producer Kurt Vile playing on the lead 12-string.

The band's new outing marks their first single since 2018's "Hold Unknown", which was released as part of Adult Swim’s singles series.

Sweep It Into Space will follow Dinosaur Jr.'s 2016 album Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, and was recorded at Amherst's Bisquiteen. Sessions for the new album began in autumn 2019, and Dinosaur Jr. enlisted one outside musician to feature on the album - Kurt Vile, who also co-produced the new album.

J Mascis says that after recording with Vile got disrupted due to COVID-19, he "ended up just mimicking a few things he'd done. I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that duelling twin lead sound. But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. When the lockdown happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool."

The album will also feature "Garden" a song that Dinosaur Jr. debuted during socially distanced shows in September last year.


  1. I Ain't
  2. I Met the Stones
  3. To Be Waiting
  4. I Ran Away
  5. Garden
  6. Hide Another Round
  7. And Me
  8. I Expect It Always
  9. Take It Back
  10. N Say
  11. Walking To You
  12. You Wonder
"I Ran Away" is out now. Dinosaur Jr.'s Sweep It Into Space album will be released via Jagjaguwar on 23 April, and is available to pre-order now.
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