Cass McCombs has announced his tenth studio album, Heartmind, out 19 August on ANTI-, as well as announcing a UK/EU tour with a stop at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre, and presenting the aching new single, ‘Unproud Warrior’ featuring Wynonna Judd and Charlie Burnham.
Heartmind is an eight-song album that feels like a journey among assorted tuneful feelings, somehow shaped to meet whatever it is a particular listener needs, to mirror whatever they bring to these uniformly incandescent and tragicomic tracks. Cass has set the stage, and allows the listener to pick the heroes and villains, the winners and losers, the jokes and the drags. He doesn’t want to present all the questions, let alone the answers.
Lead single, ‘Unproud Warrior’, is an anthem for these times, where we all seem to have opinions about the critical news of the day without ever quite knowing what to do about it. Invoking Stephen Crane, S.E. Hinton, and fast-food restaurants, it is an allegory about our perception and ownership of responsibility.
Cass recorded these songs in multiple sessions on both coasts, in Brooklyn and Burbank, co-producing with Shahzad Ismaily, Buddy Ross, and Ariel Rechtshaid—now a dozen years into his collaboration with Cass beginning with 2009’s Catacombs. Rob Schnapf (who previously produced Cass’ ANTI- debut, Mangy Love) mixed and merged it all. The aforementioned Judd offers harmonies, while her beau Cactus Moser provides some lap steel. Other contributors include Joe Russo, Kassa Overall, Danielle Haim, The Chapin Sisters, Frank LoCrasto, and Nestor Gomez.
Cass McCombs will be touring in Europe and UK in September and October this year. Please find the full list of dates below…
Sep 28 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Lara
Sep 29 – Zaragoza, ES @ Luis Galve
Sep 30 – Alicante, ES @ Teatro Arnichas
Oct 1- Valencia, ES @ 16 Toneladas
Oct 4 – Milano, IT @ Bellezza
Oct 6 – St Gallen, CH @ Palace St Gallen
Oct 7 – Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur
Oct 8 – Paris, FR @ Café De La Danse
Oct 10 – Bristol @ Redgrave Theatre
Oct 12 – Manchester @ The Stoller Hall
Oct 13 – London @ Alexandra Palace Theatre
Oct 15 – Dublin @ Liberty Hall
Oct 16 – Glasgow @ Mackintosh Church
Oct 18 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Rotonde
Oct 19 – Cologne, DE @ Artheater
Oct 20 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredeburg Cloud 9
Oct 22 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
Oct 24 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher
Oct 25 – København S, DK @ DR Studie 2
Oct 26 – Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan
Oct 28 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Parkteatret