Former Ty Segall collaborator and Happy Birthday member King Tuff has revealed the details for his forthcoming album, The Other, out on April 13 via Sub Pop Records.
Last week, King Tuff, aka Kyle Thomas, released “The Other,” his first new track since his fourth studio album, 2014’s Black Moon Spell.
He also revealed the album’s official first single, “Psycho Star,” which ditches the delicate, picturesque folk of “The Other” for a soulful, melodic new sound with funky ‘80s guitars and keyboards and Thomas’ smooth, cosmic lead vocals singing of existential contemplation, “The universe is probably an illusion, but isn’t it so beautifully bizarre / That here we are.”
The Other was self-produced, mixed by Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) and features contributions from Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals) and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).
Thomas says of the diverse sound of the new record:
I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything.
In conjunction with his new album, King Tuff has also announced a North American tour this summer with support from recent Jagjaguwar signee Cut Worms.
Watch the Cameron Dutra-directed new video for “Psycho Star” and a 2015 interview with King Tuff from the Paste Cloud below, and check out King Tuff’s upcoming U.S. tour dates further down. Preorder The Other here.
King Tuff Tour Dates:
03 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Casbah #
04 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar #
05 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf #
07 – Houston, Texas @ Rockefeller Hall #
08 – Austin, Texas @ Barracuda (outside) #
09 – Dallas, Texas @ Club Dada #
11 – New Orleans, La. @ One Eyed Jacks #
12 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl #
13 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement East #
14 – Lexington, Ky. @ The Burl #
16 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel #
18 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
19 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ First Unitarian Church #
20 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall #
22 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground #
23 – Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern #
24 – Detroit, Mich. @ El Club #
25 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall #
26 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Turf Club #
29 – Denver, Colo. @ Globe Hall #
30 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge #
01 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Crocodile #
02 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Fortune Sound Club #
03 – Portland, Ore. @ Star Theater #
05 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent #
07 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom #
(# – Cut Worms supporting)