Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have released the fourth single off the band’s forthcoming Reunions album, titled “Dreamsicle”. “Dreamsicle” joins the previously released “Only Children”, “What’ve I Done to Help”, and “Be Afraid” as singles from the album, which is due out May 8th via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers.
Produced by Dave Cobb and recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN, Reunions marks Isebell’s seventh studio album and the fourth released with his band—comprised of members Derry deBorja, Chad Gamble, Jimbo Hart, Amanda Shires, and Sadler Vaden. The latest single adds to the diverse sound displayed in the first three releases. “Dreamsicle” returns to the full-band sound after a departure during the previous single, “Only Children”. It recounts Isbell’s childhood and joining his first touring band during his early teens with lyrics like, “I’ll be 18 four years from now/With different friends in a different town/I’ll finally be free.”
In a press release, Isbell provided insight into the Reunions album,
There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write fifteen years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.
Listen to the latest Reunions single, “Dreamsicle”, below.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “Dreamsicle”
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Isbell recently decided to hasten the Reunions release due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has deeply impacted independent record stores. In an effort to spur business in the struggling industry, Reunions will be available exclusively at independent record stores across the nation. Reunions will come in a special, “Dreamsicle”-colored pressing and standard black vinyl in addition to CDs. Furthermore, each purchase will come with a print of Isbell’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul, “Red Eye”. For more information on the release and availability, head to Isbell’s website.