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“The world is going nuts,” says Eels frontman E, aka Mark Oliver Everett. “But if you look for it, there is still great beauty to be found. Sometimes you don’t even have to look for it. Other times you have to try to make it yourself. And then there are times you have to tear something apart to find something beautiful inside.”
That’s the basic idea behind The Deconstruction, the EELS’ 12th album and first since 2014’s The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett (read our review here). On Wednesday, the band announced that the album will have an April 6 release on E Works/PIAS, and they released the haunting title track.
“The deconstruction has begun, time for me to fall apart,” Everett sings over pillowy strings and some tape distortion. “The reconstruction will begin only when there’s nothing left.” The song revs itself up with crisp drums as Everett repeats, “I break apart.”
The album was performed by Everett and longtime collaborators Koool G Murder and P-Boo, alongside The Deconstruction Orchestra and Choir, and produced by Everett, with some songs produced by Mickey Petralia for the first time since 1998’s Electro-Shock Blues. You can preorder it here. To mark the release, EELS will tour worldwide this summer, with a North American headline run kicking off May 28 in Pomona, Calif., and further shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.