Yo La Tengo have launched a Bandcamp page and shared a new 5-minute ambient piece titled ‘James And Ira Demonstrate Mysticism And Some Confusion Holds (Monday)’. Listen to it below.
Speaking about the new track, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan explained: “If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken — that pretty much covers none of you — you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word ‘improvising’). Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.”
He added: “In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed… ‘practicing’ hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would we be practicing for… playing. James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release something we did right now.”
The track marks the first taste of new music from the band since their 2018 album There’s A Riot Going On. Recently, Yo La Tengo announced a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1995 album Eclectr-o-pura, out in September via Matador’s Revisionist History series.