Dream-pop heavyweights Vivian Girls have come out of the woodwork to announce their first new album in eight years.
Set for release Sept. 20 via Polyvinyl, Memory marks the band’s first return to performing as a trio since parting ways in 2014, and welcomes back their core lineup of vocalist-bassist Katy Goodman, vocalist-guitarist Cassie Ramone and drummer Ali Koehler.
Described as an album filled with personal reflections on toxic relationships, mental health struggles and accepting oneself, Memory captures a sense of desperation and longing and the “trademark mystery that set the band apart during its first incarnation,” per a press release.
You can hear inklings of the band’s new direction on their newly unveiled first single “Sick,” a frenzied, strong return to the band’s familiar jangle-pop instrumentation, fleeting, twisting harmonies and dark lyricism.
In light of Memory’s release, Polyvinyl has also announced reissues of the band’s first two albums—2008’s debut Vivian Girls and 2009’s Everything Goes Wrong—on 180-gram colored vinyl, the former of which was remastered by Heba Kadry. The reissues will arrive alongside the September release of Memory, and you can preorder both here.
The band will embark on a brief North American tour in support of Memory.
Check out the band’s new single, 2009 performance of “Second Date” from the Paste archives, album details and full itinerary of fall tour dates below.
01. Most Of All
02. Your Kind Of Life
04. At It Again
05. Lonely Girl
06. Something To Do
09. I’m Far Away
11. All Your Promises
12. Waiting In The Car
Vivian Girls Tour Dates:
04 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Regent
05 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory OC
06 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Observatory North Park
17 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Warsaw
18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ First Unitarian Church
20 – Somerville, Mass. @ Once Ballroom
25 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Chapel
26 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Chapel
01 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
02 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
03 – Denver, Colo. @ Marquis Theater