The Mars Volta have returned with ‘Blacklight Shine’, their first new music in a decade. According to singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the lyrics of the song are meant to portray “a wave of rolling blackouts washing memories onto shore, a heartbeat that still remembers everything.” Check out its accompanying video, directed by the band’s Omar Rodríguez-López, below.
‘Blacklight Shine’ was teased via an audiovisual cube installation that appeared in Grand Park in Los Angeles earlier this week, where the single was heard for the first time by the public. Per a press release, “those who were unable to witness ‘L’YTOME HODORXÍ TELESTERION’ in person can look forward to a digital experience on July 1.”
The band also announced an upcoming US tour, which kicks off September 23 at The Factory in Dallas and wraps in Los Angeles at The Palladium. Last year, the Mars Volta issued La Realidad De Los Sueños, an 18-LP box-set compiling the band’s back catalog. Their last album was 2012’s Noctourniquet.