Cage The Elephant has announced their fifth full-length studio album, Social Cues, due out April 19th via RCA. The follow-up to 2015’s Tell Me I’m Pretty and 2017’s live record, Unpeeled, the new collection of songs features today’s release “Ready To Let Go” as well as a collaboration with Beck, “Night Running”.
The Kentucky-bred rock band recorded Social Cues in Nashville at Battle Tapes Recording and Blackbird Studio as well as at Los Angeles’ The Village Recording Studio. The record was produced by John Hill, known for his work with Portugal. The Man and Florence + The Machine, mixed by Tom Elmhirst and mastered by Randy Merrill in New York.
According to a press release, the majority of the album was written while frontman Matt Shultz was unraveling a breakup. In order make sense of the difficult experience, “he explored the hidden recesses of his psyche, creating characters to tell different parts of his personal story.”
“It can be a vehicle to act out things that are hard to confront,” Schultz explains in a statement. “When I’m creating, I try to put myself in a reactive state of improvisational thought. I let images just arise in my mind and wait for it to evoke an emotional response and then when it does, I know I’m on to something. I was watching a lot of Fassbinder films, like World on a Wire and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. I was thinking about their beauty coupled with the graphic surrealism of Aronofsky.”
Cage The Elephant – “Ready To Let Go”
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Cage The Elephant will headline Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta on May 4th. More 2019 dates will be announced soon. For more information, head to the band’s website.
Cage The Elephant – Social Cues – Tracklisting:
Night Running (Cage The Elephant, Beck)
Skin and Bones
Ready To Let Go
House of Glass
Love’s the Only Way
The War is Over
What I’m Becoming