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The Avett Brothers Announce New Album via Video Statement; Share Video for “We Americans”

The Third Gleam Due Out August 28 via Loma Vista; “We Americans” Taken From Their Previous Album

Jul 01, 2020 Photography by Crackerfarm
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The Avett Brothers have announced a new album, The Third Gleam, but have also shared a video for “We Americans,” a song off their last album (2019’s Closer Than Together). The band have shared a video announcing The Third Gleam, explaining that it was written before the pandemic and the recent Black Lives Matter protests, but that the songs do still connect to this moment in time. The Third Gleam is due out on August 28 via Loma Vista, whereas Closer Than Together was released by American and Republic, which might explain why the “We Americans” video was released just yesterday, one day before the announcement of a new album. Check out the “We Americans” video below, as well as the album announcement video, followed by the album’s tracklist and cover art. 

The Third Gleam features brothers Seth and Scott Avett playing as a trio with longtime bassist Bob Crawford.  

Here is the text of the video statement by Seth and Scott: “The Third Gleam was finished before a virus and its carnage swept through humankind in the spring of 2020. It was finished before the most recent injustices against black lives inspired outrage and a much-needed call for social reform and revolution. Through the fever pitch of fear over the pandemic, outcry in the wake of widely observable bigotry, and mourning over the death caused by both, we are united in conflict...put to task in the arenas of our fortitude, our morality, indeed the strength of our own souls, individually and collectively. It is a time of heightened experience; heightened response; heightened resolve. If you are reading or hearing this statement now, you are a part of it. 

“And yet, neither of these massive fundamental concerns are entirely new to us. Sickness...in body and in mind are old news for our species, and in truth have found us susceptible throughout our complex history. And so our plagues, biological, behavioral and systemic, are intrinsically a part of us. We navigate them poorly at times and heroically at others. 

“To the point of this writing, as it pertains to the announcement of a record release, it barely warrants mentioning that an 8-song collection is a whisper of an offering in a time of blaring considerations. As I mentioned before, Scott and I finished this album just before these two fundamental concerns overtook nearly the entire planet. Consequently, as the timeline goes, the songs were not informed specifically by the urgent and pivotal concepts which are now center stage. However, as these factors have been and will remain a part of us as a whole, independent of a specific moment in history, the songs of this particular piece do connect somehow to this particular time. Our personal perspectives and experiences are inherently the common thread, which is an element we have found to be imperative in our process of making art. Even so, there are themes which have made their way into this chapter of songs that are undeniably universal, and anchored in our current world...
Isolation, resilience, frustration, confusion, contemplation and hope are here, both in regards to our own lives and as a consideration of the human experience in general. There is humor and love, both for life itself and as it binds a pairing of people. We touch on historical prejudice, faith, economic disparity, gun violence, incarceration, redemption, and as is increasingly standard with our records, stark mortality. This is by no means a record defined by any specific social or cultural goal, nor is it informed by a singular challenge posed to humanity. It is merely the sound of my brother and I in a room, singing about what is on our minds and in our hearts at the time...sharing it now is about what sharing art is always about: another chance that we may partake in connecting with our brothers and sisters of this world, and hopefully joining you in noticing a speck of light gleaming in what appears to be a relatively long and dark night.”

The Third Gleam Tracklist

1. Victory
2. I Should’ve Spent The Day With My Family
3. Prison To Heaven
4. Back Into The Light
5. Women Like You
6. Untitled #4
7. I Go To My Heart
8. The Fire

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