Fruit Bats Get to "The Bottom of It" with Opening Track from New Album Gold Past Life

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Fruit Bats Get to "The Bottom of It" with Opening Track from New Album <i>Gold Past Life</i>

Fruit Bats, helmed by singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson, have released “The Bottom of It,” the breezy opening track from their forthcoming album Gold Past Life, out June 21 on their new label Merge Records.

Johnson says in a statement that the track is “a song about simple victories, told a little bit through the notion of finding strange and fortuitous totems (round stones, turkey feathers, dead deer) and keeping them as trophies.”

Johnson also spoke to the influence the subconscious had on his dreamlike new album: “Some of these songs are directed at specific people, some at amalgams of people, and lots at myself, or the subconscious version of myself—that version like how they say you’re every single character in your dreams.”

Slide down to “The Bottom of It,” and keep scrolling for details of the forthcoming album and Fruit Bats’ tour dates. Also included below is the band’s 2010 visit to Daytrotter.

Gold Past Life Album Art:


Gold Past Life Tracklist:
01. The Bottom of It
02. Gold Past Life
03. Drawn Away
04. Cazadera
05. Ocean
06. Your Dead Grandfather
07. A Lingering Love
08. Barely Living Room
09. Mandy from Mohawk (Wherever You May Be)
10. Dream Would Breathe
11. Two Babies in Michigan

Fruit Bats Tour Dates:

07-08 – Sonoma, Calif. @ Huichica Fest
21 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ SOhO
22 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Lodge Room

13 – Mount Salon, Va. @ Red Wing Roots Music Festival
25 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle (MRG30)
26 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage
27 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

01-04 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon
08 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club
09 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall
10 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ HiFi
11 – Lexington, Ky. @ Railbird Festival