American singer-songwriter John Moreland is today sharing new track ‘Harder Dreams’, lifted from his forthcoming fifth full-length, the aptly-titled LP5, due for release February 7th via Thirty Tigers.
Take a new listen to ‘Harder Dreams’, below…
Working with a producer for the first time––in the shape of one Matt Pence (Jason Isbell, John Grant, The Breeders)––the new album’s experimentations with instrumentation and sounds capture an artist whose confidence has grown, all without abandoning the hardy roots rock bed and the lyrics-first approach Moreland’s work demands. Though, there was a time when Moreland thought LP5 may not happen. Wary of expectations and his cemented status as a writer’s writer and critical darling, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Moreland found writing difficult at best––and completely undesirable at worst.
“One of the ways I got back into liking music again was to let go of the idea that every time I’d go mess around with an instrument, I’d have to be writing a really good song. I just gave myself the freedom to go into my little music room every day and mess around with different instruments and different sounds. It doesn’t have to be anything. It doesn’t have to result in anything,” Moreland points to that liberating rediscovery as a major influence on the sonic choices that shape ‘LP5’.
For Moreland, falling back in love with music also coincided with an even more personal change. “This past year, I’ve been getting into mindfulness and being kinder to myself,” he says. “I was really on that wave when I started writing these songs. I guess it shows.”
Moreland’s songs ask tough questions with tender persistence. When pressed about the hard-won wisdom and peace that seem to define LP5, Moreland is characteristically both direct and humble. “I definitely am wiser than I was five years ago––I guess anybody would hope to be wiser than they were five years ago,” he says with a laugh. “But I do feel more mellow. Settled. I don’t feel as antsy or think I’ve got to prove myself anymore. I feel really comfortable and free to just do what I want to do.”
Tracklist as follows…
A Thought Is Just A Passing Train
I’m Learning How To Tell Myself The Truth
In Times Between
When My Fever Breaks
I Always Let You Burn me to the Ground
Let Me Be Understood