- 14 Jul 20
The group's new track is titled, “James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday)".
Hoboken-raised Indie-rock band Yo La Tengo have released an ambient new track, entitled "James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday),” after launched their official Bandcamp page.
The song is almost six-minutes in length, and is a collaboration between Ira Kaplan and James McNew in the band’s New Jersey rehearsal space.
“If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken—that pretty much covers none of you—you’ve heard us playing formlessly,” Kaplan wrote in a statement on Bandcamp.
“Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.”
'James and Ira' follows the band’s 15th studio album, 2018’s There’s a Riot Going On.
“In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed . . . ‘practicing’ hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would be practicing for...playing," Ira continued.
"James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release something we did right now.”
The trio will reissue 1995’s Electr-o-pura on September 4 this year to mark the album's 25th anniversary.
Yo La Tengo recently contributed the Hanukkah song 'Eight Candles' to a holiday-themed album featuring Haim, the Flaming Lips and Jack Black.