Mark McGuire announces new album, Along the Way, making me ashamed to admit that I just wondered what Sammy Sosa is up to :(

Mark McGuire announces new album, Along the Way, making me ashamed to admit that I just wondered what Sammy Sosa is up to :(

God, here we go again: more music…. It’s like, how many damn records do we have to own, anyway? Who really “needs” another one floating around his or her computer, taking up another couple hundred precious megabytes of lifespace? I mean, if I want to listen to some awesome guitar and tape loop experiment kinda stuff, can’t I just listen to, like “Revolution 9” or whatever? Is there any point at which enough is really… too much?

Well, former Emeralds dude Mark McGuire has an answer to that question, and it’s “shut the fuck up motherucker and check-out my prolific-ass’s newest album of guitar and tape loops called Along the Way that’s coming out on February 4 via the Dead Oceans label. It’s fucking awesome and it totally details some heavy inner-journey-toward-enlightenment shit that you probably aren’t even smart enough to understand but should probably pretend to go along with anyway, you pathetic loser.”

Don’t believe him? Well, maybe that’s because he definitely didn’t really say that (though he does say in the liner notes that the album is “an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind [and] the endless unfolding of psychological landscapes, leading to perpetual discoveries and expansions, in a genuinely emergent and infinite world of worlds,” which is kind of the same thing, when you think about it). Still, you could also just check out the videos for the first single, “The Instinct” — as well as its remix by Norwegian producer and Lindstrøm collaborator Prins Thomas — for yourself down below and judge for yourself.

Along the Way tracklisting:

01. Awakening
02. Wonderland of Living Things
03. In Search of the Miraculous
04. To the Macrobes (Where Do I Go?)
05. Astray
06. Silent Weapons (The Architects of Manipulation)
07. The Instinct
08. The Human Condition (Song for My Father)
09. For the Friendships (Along the Way)
10. Arrival Begins the Next Departure
11. The War on Consciousness
12. The Lonelier Way
13. Turiya (The Same Way)

Tour dates:

11.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel^
11.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church on York^
11.30.13 - San Diego, CA - Luce Loft^

^ Julianna Barwick

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