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Shearwater Explore The Golden Archipelago

New Song, "Castaways," Available for Download

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Shearwater is releasing their sixth LP, The Golden Archipelago soon. It’s dropping February 23rd in North America (and February 15th internationally), via Matador. The forthcoming long-player is “the third album in a triptych of excursions about man’s impact on the natural world,” according to an over-the-top post on Matador’s site. (The tranquil album artwork above certainly mirrors that sentiment.) Below you can check out the outdoorsy tracklist and above, and here you’ll find a download/stream of the beautiful single, “Castaways.”

This time out, the Austin quintet turns their attention to life on islands. Thematic locales run the gamut from the Falklands and Madgascar, to Bikini Atoll and the Tierra Del Fuego. Check out the luminous trailer here.

The pretty indie rockers will package the upcoming CD and LP with a “50-page perfect-bound book featuring a set of extracts from a dossier of records, photos, regulations and images collected by Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg.” They’re calling it “The Golden Dossier.” Fancy. The vinyl also contains two bonus tracks. Shearwater tour Europe starting in February (dates below). A U.S. trek will soon follow.

Also, also check out this nifty, semi-recent interview with Meiburg and the birding/conservation blog, 10,000 Birds. (If you didn’t already know it, he’s quite the ‘birder.’)

The Golden Archipelago:

01 Meridian
02 Black Eyes
03 Landscape at Speed
04 Hidden Lakes
05 Corridors
06 God Made Me
07 Runners of the Sun
08 Castaways
09 An Insular Life
10 Uniforms
11 Missing Islands


02-17 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
02-18 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
02-19 Paris, France - Le Nouveau Casino
02-20 Saint-Malô, France - La Route du Rock Winter Edition @ L’Omnibus
02-21 Brighton, England - The Freebutt
02-22 Leeds, England - The Brudenell Social Club
02-23 Glasgow, Scotland - Captains Rest
02-25 London, England - Scala
02-26 Diksmuide, Belgium - 4AD
02-27 Hamburg, Germany - Knust
02-28 Berlin, Germany - Magnet Club
03-02 Munich, Germany - Rote Sonne
03-03 Geneva, Switzerland - L’Usine (PTR)
03-04 Fribourg, Switzerland - Nouveau Monde
03-05 Milan, Italy - La Casa 139



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