”Wolves At The Door,” the first track from David Bazan’s upcoming new album Strange Negotiations, premiered yesterday on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Check out the lyrically and musically powerful song below.
Listen to David Bazan’s “Wolves At The Door” from Strange Negotiations [Barsuk Records] here.
Strange Negotiations will be released May 24th on Seattle’s Barsuk Records. A North American tour in support of the record will begin June 1st in Salt Lake City, UT, and continue through mid July, ending with a hometown show in Seattle.
Bazan, the songwriter and driving force behind indie band Pedro the Lion, built a following and sold a couple hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project, Bazan found himself dealing with a crisis of faith and a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, producing two incredible pieces of work under his own name in the Fewer Moving Parts EP and the 2009 full-length Curse Your Branches.
Curse Your Branches is considered by many to be a legitimate masterpiece, charting Bazan’s increasingly skeptical struggle with the precepts of the evangelical Christian world in which he was raised. Strange Negotiations focuses his energies toward the external, centering on his disappointment in the current state of accelerating American and global social fragmentation. Although it has yet to be released, Performer has already called the record “a near-perfect fusion of lyrical content and musicianship.”
Strange Negotiations is the first full-length Bazan has recorded with a band – the same band with which he toured relentlessly in support of Curse Your Branches – and the joy that he, Andy Fitts (bass), and Alex Westcoat (drums) take in playing these songs is beautiful.