Pfarmers are a hodgepodge band with some serious indie cred, comprising members of The National, Menomena, and contributors to Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent. The band teased their upcoming LP, Gunnera, in late March with lead single “The Ol’ River Gang” and shared “You Shall Know The Spirit” a couple weeks ago. With the album due in just a week, Pfarmers offers a stream of the whole moody, catchy, synthed-out thing. According to Danny Seim, “The record is about a dream I had where I’m reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River i.e. the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore.” Though the album could easily drown in the array of sounds and experience each member brings respectively, it emerges distinguished as something singular. Listen below.
Gunnera is out 5/12 via Jurassic Pop. Pre-order in physical and digital formats.