Thrice have recently announced the details surrounding their 11th studio album, Horizons/East. The album will be out on September 17th via Epitaph Records on streaming platforms, with a physical copy release following on October 8th.
For Thrice, the album exemplifies art as a work of recognition — the human task of perceiving oneself amid details, disasters, and blessings as a relentlessly relational phenomenon among others. In this, Horizons/East is the rare rock album on which interrelatedness is a theme, painting an adventurous and lush landscape mixed by Scott Evans that the band self-produced and recorded at their own New Grass Studio.
Additionally, the album’s first single “Scavengers” can be heard below. The song features dark and intricate guitar work and drum grooves, with lyrics that challenge the listener to discern the issues and information that bonds us compared to what disintegrates. For Thrice vocalist Dustin Kensrue, the song is – but also kind of isn’t – a thing of the past. Whether lost in a media diet that is essentially a disinformation pipeline or, relatedly, trapped in fear of a future of eternal conscious pain, Kensrue speaks of “toxic worldviews I once inhabited,” and in truth, “a lot of people that I love are still in that place.”
To emerge from a global pandemic with a renewed sense of situational awareness, hard won insight, and a new album is the kind of move we’ve come to expect from Thrice over the last twenty years. With Horizons/East, Kensrue and his bandmates address, with candor and courage, the fragile and awkward arrangements that pass for civilization, while inviting us to dwell more knowingly within our own lives. Without surrendering any of the energy and hard edge of their previous albums, they’ve given us a profoundly meditative work, which serves as a musical summons to everyday attentiveness.
- The Color Of The Sky
- Buried In The Sun
- Northern Lights
- Summer Set Fire To The Rain
- Still Life
- The Dreamer
- Robot Soft Exorcism
- Dandelion Wine