November 11th, 2016
(Torn Clean / Sinderlyn)
Sleigh Bells -- Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss -- have announced their first new album in three years. Entitled Jessica Rabbit, the album -- which was produced by the band and mixed by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Tyler, the Creator) -- will be released on November 11th, 2016 as the inaugural release on the band's own label, Torn Clean, in partnership with Sinderlyn. A video for the album-opening track "It's Just Us Now," directed by Derek Miller, can be seen HERE. Previously released tracks "Rule Number One" and "Hyper Dark" are included on the album.
When Sleigh Bells first emerged in 2009, they combined sonic elements that had never co-existed before, pushing sounds to and past their limits to create an entirely new left-field pop music. Their widely-acclaimed debut album Treats, and its metal-leaning follow-up Reign of Terror, established them as innovators in the pop landscape, crossing the abrasiveness of punk with the most raucous dance party ever attended. But by the time they released 2013's celebrated Bitter Rivals -- their third album in almost as many years -- Miller and Krauss began to feel hemmed in by their own aesthetic.
And so began the process of writing and recording the mercurial Jessica Rabbit, one that began, stopped, and started over again many times throughout the last three years. They tried on new instrumentation, swapping guitars for a synth pad; they tried on different time signatures, letting ever-stranger drum machine sounds punctuate their beats; and for the first time ever they brought someone outside of the band into the creative process, working with Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple) to shape five of the band's favorite tracks on the album.
The result is an album that does not sound like anything Sleigh Bells has ever done -- or anyone has ever done, for that matter. It is the sonic equivalent of firing synapses, with melodies zig-zagging in different directions in a beautiful and ever-modulating controlled chaos. It is playful but darkly so; flirtatious but caustic; ebullient but downright sinister. Singer Alexis Krauss has moved from the baby coo of the band's earlier material into full powerhouse mode, singing with a visceral urgency that was absent from previous releases. Tempo changes stretch the songs in different directions, like an attention span gone haywire. It is a record that is wholly unique in sound and purpose, an unabashed and unafraid statement from a band that has made offending rote conceptions of pop music their signature and greatest strength.
Sleigh Bells will be hitting the road in support of Jessica Rabbit this fall -- dates below. All original artwork in the Jessica Rabbit album package is by Brian Montuori.
Jessica Rabbit is available for preorder now at the following stores:
Jessica Rabbit track listing:
01 It's Just Us Now
02 Torn Clean
03 Lightning Turns Sawdust Gold
04 I Can't Stand You Anymore
06 Loyal For
07 I Can Only Stare
08 Throw Me Down the Stairs
09 Unlimited Dark Paths
10 I Know Not to Count on You
11 Rule Number One
12 Baptism by Fire
13 Hyper Dark
14 As If
Sleigh Bells tour dates:
8/31/16 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
9/1/16 Detroit, MI @ El Club
9/2/16 Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music Festival
9/3/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
9/4/16 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
9/7/16 Washington, DC @ U Street
9/8/16 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
9/10/16 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
9/12/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
9/13/16 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
11/11/16 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
11/12-13/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
11/15/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/16/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/18/16 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11/19/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
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