Psychic Ills share the first single from their new album
Psychic Ills announce their fifth album, Inner Journey Out for 3 June release via Sacred Bones. They have also announced June European tour dates, including London & Manchester.
We're happy to present the also just released first single, 'I Don't Mind' from this album. After you've finished being transported by the single featuring Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval's beautiful voice, you can read about their album and tour dates below.
The seekers in New York City’s Psychic Ills have spent more than a decade following their muse wherever it takes them. Inner Journey Out started out the way many Ills records have - with frontman Tres Warren's demos. Like all of their records, Elizabeth Hart's bass is the glue that holds everything together. Where other recent albums found Warren overdubbing himself to create a blown-out, widescreen sound, this recording handed the reigns to a multitude of guest players. A cadre of musicians and vocalists – including Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, who duets on lead single “I Don’t Mind” – join in on the journey. This is the first record to feature touring keyboard player Brent Cordero, his Farfisa and Wurlitzer work is a staple throughout. Rounding things out, is a platoon of drummers and percussionists including Chris Millstein, Harry Druzd of Endless Boogie, Derek James of The Entrance Band, and Charles Burst, one of the record’s engineers. These musicians build the frame on which Warren lays his hazy guitar and vocals. An endless array of friends and guests also provide pedal steel guitar, horns, strings, and backing vocals, which culminate in a career-defining moment for the Ills.
Thematically, Inner Journey Out is a detailed exploration of the interior and the exterior, and the pathway between the two. The focused songwriting makes the stylistic departures fit seamlessly within the band’s dexterous ethos. The rousing gospel number “Another Change” and the far-out free jazz exploration “Ra Wah Wah” help shape Inner Journey Out into a multi-faceted, full album experience. It’s the most personal Psychic Ills album, too, hinting tantalizingly at love and loss but denying the listener resolution — asking questions, but never answering; seeking, but never fully concluding.
A decade on from releasing their critically lauded cult debut, Dins, and the deep dive into cosmic improvisation of Mirror Eye that followed, through the more recent and straightforward outings of Hazed Dream and One Track Mind, Psychic Ills have delivered their most remarkable statement yet with Inner Journey Out.
Psychic Ills tour dates:
14 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
15 - London, UK - Lexington
16 - London, UK - Lexington
17 - Brussels, Belgium - Beursschouwburg
18 - Paris, FR - International Psych Festival
19 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
21 - Zurich, Switzerland - Club Zukunft
22 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Bascula
23 - Milan, Italy - Sacrestia
24 - Pescara, Italy - IndieRocket Festival
25 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi
Photo credit: Kenny Jossick