bassist Jeff Ament has announced the release of his new solo album Heaven/Hell, due out on May 10, and last week he shared the first track from it, “Safe in the Car,” featuring Angel Olsen. Heaven/Hell will be Ament’s third solo LP and his first since 2012’s While My Heart Beats.
“Safe in the Car” features lead vocals and bass from Ament, and backing vocals from Olsen, as well as guitar and drums from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Matt Cameron. The confident, string-filled track is the perfect song for strutting the streets with Olsen’s hazy, silky vocals, Ament’s distorted snarls and McCready’s warped, swaggering electric guitar riffs.
The new video features Ament driving in a car amidst treacherous and, at times, apocalyptic weather conditions. He told Rolling Stone that the inspiration behind the video’s concept came from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic book The Road and grindhouse films.
recently released their first new song in five years, the explicitly political “Can’t Deny Me,” and they also announced summer world tour dates and confirmed that a new album is in the works.
Watch the video for “Safe in the Car” and watch a Paste Cloud performance from Pearl Jam in 1994 below. Check out the album artwork and tracklist for Heaven/Hell further down. You can preorder Ament’s new album here.
01. The Noise the Noise
02. The Door
03. Safe in the Car
06. Moment of Impact
07. The Voices
09. Are you Truing?
10. Choose Your Colour
11. Only One