The Ophelias Announce New Album, Share New Song Featuring Julien Baker

    Ohio four-piece The Ophelias have announced a new album called Crocus. The follow-up to 2018’s Almost arrives September 24 via Joyful Noise. Today’s announcement comes with the release of the new single ‘Neil Young on High’, which features Julien Baker. Check it out and find the album’s cover art and tracklist below.

    “We met Julien for the first time in 2019 at a show we played in Nashville,” vocalist and guitarist Spencer Peppet explained in a statement. “She introduced herself and I tried to not show how nervous I was! About half a year into 2020 quarantine I worked up the nerve to ask if she wanted to feature on a song from the album we were working on. She recorded her parts in Tennessee and we talked virtually. Her harmonies reinvigorated the song completely: she added lightness, openness, but also depth and complexity. It’s incredibly cool that she put so much care into those parts.”

    Elaborating on the meaning behind the song, Peppet added: “After a relationship ended I would become obsessed with remembering every detail of the painful moments. I realised later that I don’t have to know what I was wearing or what song was playing to know that I was hurt deeply. I think “on high” means seeing someone as literally above you, better and cooler and more put together. I do love Neil Young, but in this case he represents a person, a time, a place.”

    Crocus Cover Artwork:

    Crocus Tracklist:

    1. Crocus
    2. Sacrificial Lamb
    3. Neil Young on High [feat. Julien Baker]
    4. Vapor
    5. Spirit Sent
    6. Biblical Names
    7. Mastermind
    8. Becoming A Nun
    9. Spitting Image
    10. Under Again
    11. The Twilight Zone
    12. Vices

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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