Posted by & filed under Music, News.

Second official new track from The Contortionist

The Contortionist - Language album art

Only last week, U.S. six piece The Contortionist dropped a video for the first track from their forthcoming new cut Language, titled “Language I: Intuition“. We’d heard it before, but the mesh of sound and pictures was exquisitely handled; they went hand in hand and went some way to painting a very complete picture of how the whole thing sounds.

The album isn’t far off round the corner now – only a couple of weeks now – and so they’ve now seen fit to release a second track by way of “Primordial Sound“, the record’s sixth of nine. Have a listen:

It debuted over at Metalsucks, who noted “it doesn’t try and fool you, the listener, into thinking Language is something that it’s not”, which is entirely true – many are seeing a little bit of a Cynic slant to the sound and composition, which is fair enough; it’s certainly of the ilk of Traced In Air in particular, with it’s spacey and ethereal overtones, underpinned by the gorgeous heavy vocals of Michael Lessard.

And whilst that’s true, this track screams Jeff Buckley to me – particularly in the opening minute or so. The guitars of Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard ape that gorgeous tone from “Mojo Pin” so perfectly, and Lessard’s soft, deft vocals ebb and flow in intensity to match the breadth of the instrumentation. Again, it paints a beautiful picture of the rest of the album, so be excited.

Language will be released September 16th through eOne Music/Good Fight Entertainment. Look out for our review in the non-too-distant future!

The band are heading out on tour across North America later this month in support of the album, along with PeripheryIntervals, Toothgrinder and Polyphia, and will then head to Europe to link up with Protest The HeroThe Faceless, and for selected dates variously Destrage and Palm Reader, to rip the old country a new one. Dates as follows:

w/ Periphery, Intervals, Toothgrinder

09/18 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
09/19 Lansing, MI – The Loft
09/20 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater
09/21 Madison, WI – Madison Theater
09/22 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
09/24 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
09/25 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
09/26 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
09/27 Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
09/28 Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
09/29 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
09/30 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10/02 London, ON – London Music Hall
10/03 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
10/04 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
10/05 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
10/07 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
10/08 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
10/10 Long Island, NY – Revolution Music Hall
10/11 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon

w/ Intervals, Polyphia

10/12 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
10/13 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
10/16 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
10/17 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
10/18 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
10/19 Houston, TX – Walters
10/20 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
10/22 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
10/23 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
10/24 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
10/25 Van Nuys, CA – White Oak Music
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
10/29 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre

w/ Protest The Hero, The Faceless (* with Destrage, ** with Palm Reader)

14.11 Germany Leipzig – Conne Island *
15.11 Czech Rep Pilsen – Pod Lampou *
16.11 Germany Berlin – Bi Nuu *
18.11 Norway Oslo – John Dee
19.11 Sweden Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
20.11 Denmark Aarhus – Voxhall
21.11 Holland Enschede – Atak *
22.11 Germany Köln – Essigfabrik *
24.11 Belgium Antwerpen – Trix *
25.11 UK Southampton – Mo Club
26.11 UK Manchester – Academy2 **
28.11 Ireland Dublin – Voodoo Lounge**
29.11 North Ireland Belfast – Limelight 2
30.11 UK Wolverhampton @-Wulfrun Hall **
01.12 Scotland Edinburgh – Studio 24
02.12 UK London – Koko **
04.12 France Paris – Trabendo *
05.12 Germany Karlsruhe – Substage *
06.12 Italy Milano – Live Forum *
07.12 Italy Rome – Traffic Club *
08.12 Germany München – Backstage *
09.12 Austria Wien – Arena *
10.12 Switzerland Geneve – L’Usine *
12.12 Switzerland Winterthur – Gaswerk Kulturzentrum *
13.12 France Lyon – Warmaudio *