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The New Pornographers Announce New Album “In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights”

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The New Pornographers. (Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

The New Pornographers have announced the release of their forthcoming new album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, on September 27 via the band’s own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records. The record is available for pre-order at https://found.ee/MorseCodeofBrakeLights. Listen to the first single “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile” below.

“There are so many songs like ‘the something of love’—you know, there’s ‘The Book of Love,’ ‘The Freeway of Love’…Then I thought of ‘falling down the stairs of your love,’ and I thought, that kind of works,” explains New Pornographers frontperson and songwriter A.C. Newman, who also produced the new album. “I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people’s relationships, and you’re trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn, which is not as easy as it seems. Of course, ‘love’ ultimately morphed into ‘smile,’ but I like the metaphor of love as something that you fall down.”

The band is set to tour North America this fall in support of the new record, kicking off the run of dates in Toronto on August 17. Tickets are available for purchase at thenewpornographers.com. The tour includes dates at Chicago’s Vic Theatre, Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club and New York’s Brooklyn Steel, see below for a complete itinerary.

“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs,” notes Newman. “The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver,’ and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that’s good—people might think it’s a concept album.’”

In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights Track-List

  1. You’ll Need A Backseat Driver
  2. The Surprise Knock
  3. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
  4. Colossus Of Rhodes
  5. Higher Beams
  6. Dreamlike And On The Rush
  7. You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going
  8. Need Some Giants
  9. Opening Ceremony
  10. One Kind Of Solomon
  11. Leather On The Seat

The New Pornographers 2019 Tour Dates
August 17                                                   Toronto, ON                                *Danforth Music Hall
September 19                                           Woodstock, NY                                Levon Helm Studios
September 27                                             Madison, WI                                        Majestic Theatre
September 28                                               Urbana, IL                           Pygmalion Music Festival
September 29                                            Columbia, MO                Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
October 1                                                Minneapolis, MN                                           First Avenue
October 2                                                    Chicago, IL                                                 Vic Theatre
October 3                                                     Detroit, MI                                          Majestic Theatre
November 4                                                Boston, MA                                                         Royale
November 5                                             Washington, DC                                                 9:30 Club
November 7                                               Brooklyn, NY                                           Brooklyn Steel
November 8                                            Philadelphia, PA                                        Union Transfer
November 10                                              Raleigh, NC                                          Lincoln Theatre
November 11                                             Asheville, NC                                        The Orange Peel
November 12                                              Atlanta, GA                                       Variety Playhouse

*Danforth 100th Anniversary Show Series


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