With Dinosaur Jr.‘s 12th studio album, Sweep It Into Space, on the horizon the band has shared the second single, “Garden”. This latest track comes following the lead single, “I Ran Away”, ahead of the album’s April 23rd release via Jagjaguwar.
Even before the song begins, “Garden” is noteworthy as it is one of two Lou Barlow-penned and sung tracks from Sweep It Into Space. Historically, the guitarist is good for a couple of songs on each album and “Garden” puts his continuous artistic development on full display.
“Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened,” Barlow said in a press release. “It began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden. Luckily I was able to complete the vocals and instrumentation for the song just before the quarantine.”
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The single is a wash of colliding influences as ’60s Brit-pop tones give way to Barlow’s ’00s alt-rock delivery. Aesthetically, a certain attitude of apathy coalesces with the paradoxical image of the band exploring a snow-capped garden in Western Massachusetts. The video also features shots of a scenic bend in the Connecticut River, which Barlow noted isn’t far from the site of the first-ever Dinosaur Jr. music video, “Little Furry Things”. In addition to the live-action shots of the band, the “Garden” video also hosts artwork by the band’s tour manager John Moloney, who routinely sketches caricatures of the band.
Watch Dinosaur Jr.’s new music video for “Garden”. Sweep It Into Space is available here for pre-order.
Dinosaur Jr. – “Garden” (Official Video)