UPDATE – June 18, 2015
Mercury Rev confirmed The Light In You
release date, tracklist, and other details.
Following a recent tease on Facebook, Mercury Rev frontman Jonathan Donahue revealed the band’s new studio album will be released this year in “early Autumn, the fairest of the seasons.”
Recording sessions for the as-yet untitled record – Rev’s first since 2008’s Snowflake Midnight and eighth overall – started in the fall of 2013 with Carlos Anthony Molina at his Catskills studio and with Dave Fridmann at his Tarbox Road Studios near Fredonia, as previously posted about in fuller detail here. Donahue, Grasshopper and Molina returned to Tarbox for more recording on February 19, 2014, with numerous subsequent sessions there and at Scott Petito’s NRS Studios in the year following – including some with Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star). Mixing began at White Light last November. During the making of the album Grasshopper became a father, and Jonathan suggested heavier touring is possibly on the horizon:
“So even as we now put the final brush strokes on the new LP the clutch remains engaged in our consciousnessessssssss on climbing back into the Econo van and making our way west. and South and north and up down in and around every jug handle between Bangor and San Diego…In so many ‘less’ words, I’m really looking forward next year to less rambling online and much more rambling…on the road.”
Photos from the 2013 sessions and other details from the making of the album are here. Below recap the 2014-2015 sessions as documented by Grasshopper’s tweets: