M.Ward Shares Video For “Engine 5 Feat. First Aid Kit” – EU/UK Tour Dates Begin Next Week

October 5, 2023
Photo credit: Sanne Ahremark



M. Ward has shared an animated video for the track ‘Engine 5‘ feat. First Aid Kit from his latest album, ’Supernatural Thing’. Directed and animated by Amber McCall, the video harkens back to the days of joystick-fueled play in ’90s video games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog. Watch below as an animated M. Ward drives an ambulance in this clip.

What a stunning creation. Uniting these powerful forces to bring a touching release with a lasting effect, the track showcases another immense collaboration that exudes such vivid energy and pure magnetism that pulls the audience into the journey.

In addition to First Aid Kit, the album is filled with guest stars – Shovels & RopeScott McMickenNeko CaseJim James and others — who enliven the album with surprises. Eight of the album’s ten songs are Ward originals, but there is also an unusual Bowie choice, “I Can’t Give Everything Away” from Blackstar, and a live rendition of Daniel Johnston’s “Story of an Artist.”Bowie and Johnston are constant sources of inspiration for me, have been for I don’t know how many years,” Ward offered.   

‘‘Supernatural Thing’ is M. Ward’s first new music in three years, but in 2020 M. Ward released two albums. On April’s ‘Migration Stories’, Ward was inspired by the immigration journeys he’d heard from friends or read about in newspapers and what his grandfather had to go through when immigrating to the US from Mexico. For the December album ‘Think of Spring’ he covered classic Billie Holiday tunes, as she is an artist he’s greatly inspired by. “Instead of the small jazz bands or orchestration she relied on, M. Ward pares the songs to just his voice and guitars, making them sound even starker than they once did,” said Rolling Stone. 

At the end of July Ward stopped by the podcast of his old friend Norah Jones. Called ’Norah Jones Is Playing Along,’ they begin the episode by playing the ’Supernatural Thing’ track “Lifeline,” followed by other songs new and old. Listen to it HERE.  

Just after the album’s release this summer, M. Ward performed a sold-out show at LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetary followed by a handful of West Coast dates with his friends My Morning Jacket. Next week he will embark on a short run of European dates. Please see below for the details.



17 October – Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew 

18 October – London, UK @ Bush Hall 

20 October – Paris, France @ Point Ephémère

22 October – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Rambiln Roots Festival

BUY/STREAM ‘Supernatural Thing’

1. lifeline
2. too young to die (feat. First Aid Kit)
3. supernatural thing
4. new kerrang (feat. Scott McMicken)
5. dedication hour (feat. Neko Case)
6. i can’t give everything away (feat. Jim James)
7. engine 5 (feat. First Aid Kit)
8. mr. dixon (feat. Shovels & Rope)
9. for good (feat. Kelly Pratt)
10. story of an artist

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