My Morning Jacket
Announce first studio album in over six years
Self-titled LP, My Morning Jacket, arrives 22nd October via ATO Records
“Regularly Scheduled Programming”
New track & video (co-directed by Jim James and George Mays)
My Morning Jacket proudly announce the upcoming release of their ninth studio album. Self-titled, MY MORNING JACKET (ATO Records) arrives Friday 22nd October at all DSPs and in various physical formats, including CD and special edition 2LP vinyl; pre-orders are live now.
MY MORNING JACKET is preceded by yesterday’s premiere of the album’s first single, “Regularly Scheduled Programming,” available everywhere now with an official music video co-directed by Jim James and George Mays streaming on YouTube.
That immediate warmth that hits the audience starts to shape the alluring ambiance that My Morning Jacket has created, that distinct vocal tone from Jim James comes into focus, and you are hooked. Lyrically creating something we can all relate to, capturing this wealth of emotion that feels so fresh to many. Capturing this bubble we’ve all been in for the last 18 months (longer for others). Whilst the lyrics add this visual aspect to the ensemble, the intensity ramps up, the crashing cymbals add this electrifying infusion to the brighter textures of the instrumentation. My Morning Jacket work on this brooding intensity before the energy erupts and becomes the focal point for the ensemble.
A welcome return by an outfit adored by so many.
“This song really hits home for me after what we’ve gone through with the pandemic,” says My Morning Jacket’s frontman Jim James on the release of “Regularly Scheduled Programming.” “But even before then, it felt like so many of us were trading real life for social media, trading our own stories for the storylines on TV, trading our consciousness for drugs. We need to help each other wake up to real love before it’s too late.
The band’s first new music since 2015’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated THE WATERFALL, MY MORNING JACKET reaffirms the rarefied magic that’s made My Morning Jacket so beloved, embedding every groove with moments of discovery, revelation, and ecstatic catharsis. Produced and engineered by James over two multi-week sessions at Los Angeles, CA’s 64 Sound, the album came to life after what looked like a permanent hiatus for the band. But after performing four shows in summer 2019 – beginning with two mind-blowing nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre – My Morning Jacket was overcome with the urge to carry on. That sense of purpose can be heard throughout the thrillingly expansive MY MORNING JACKET. For all its unbridled joy, songs like “Regularly Scheduled Programming” and the otherworldly, album-closing “I Never Could Get Enough” once again reveal My Morning Jacket’s hunger for exploring the most nuanced and layered existential questions in song form while simultaneously harnessing the hypnotic intensity of their legendary live show more fully than ever before.
“I hope this album brings people a lot of joy and relief, especially since we’ve all been cooped up for so long,” says James. “I know that feeling you get from driving around blasting music you love, or even lying in bed and crying to the music you love. The fact that we’re able to be a part of people’s lives in that way is so magical to us, and it feels really good that we’re still around to keep doing that.”
MY MORNING JACKET will be available on CD as well as two vinyl configurations: 2xLP Clear Vinyl featuring a gatefold jacket with artwork by Robert Beatty, custom inner-sleeves with lyrics, and digital download; and 2xLP 180-Gram Deluxe Colored Vinyl featuring cloudy blue and cloudy orange colored vinyl, deluxe foil gatefold jacket with artwork by Robert Beatty, 24” x 24” circular fold-out poster, custom inner-sleeves with lyrics, and digital download.
MY MORNING JACKET
MY MORNING JACKET
Release Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Tracklist (Standard and Deluxe):
Regularly Scheduled Programming
Love Love Love
Never In The Real World
The Devil’s In The Details
Lucky To Be Alive
Out Of Range, Pt. 2
Penny For Your Thoughts
I Never Could Get Enough
Additionally, My Morning Jacket is set to launch their new MMJ LIVE vinyl series next month with LIVE 2015, collecting 16 previously unreleased live tracks recorded during 2015’s THE WATERFALL Tour. LIVE 2015 will arrive Friday, September 3 exclusively on 3LP white vinyl (with digital download card); a digital release will follow at a later date. Pre-orders are available now exclusively via the official My Morning Jacket shop HERE.
Hailed by The New York Times as “the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock,” My Morning Jacket has released eight studio albums, with 2008’s EVIL URGES, 2011’s CIRCUITAL, and 2015’s THE WATERFALL each receiving GRAMMY® Award nominations for “Best Alternative Album.” Summer 2020 saw the surprise release of THE WATERFALL II, with the single, “Feel You,” making history by reaching #1 at Triple A radio outlets nationwide and on Billboard’s “Adult Alternative Songs” chart – My Morning Jacket’s first ever #1 on a Billboard songs chart. The album was further met by worldwide critical acclaim, with Pitchfork writing, “If its predecessor was about conflict and healing – it’s My Morning Jacket’s thorniest album, emotionally speaking – then this follow-up is more about what comes after that healing.” “An epic meditation on desire,” applauded the Wall Street Journal, while Uncut declared THE WATERFALL II to be “a sweetly sprawling album that includes epic Crazy Horse jams, beautiful low-key ballads, a spot of soft jazz, country, and a soul number…tied together by Jim James’ consistently terrific vocals and the ever-present threat of sustained reverb.”
My Morning Jacket: Jim James (vocals, guitar), Tom Blankenship (bass), Patrick Hallahan (drums), Carl Broemel (guitar), and Bo Koster (keyboards).