Ages and Ages have shared the second single off their forthcoming sophomore album Divisionary, premiering “I See More” today.Fans can catch Ages and Ages on the road this spring with Mirah and Lake Street Dive, as well as at SXSW and Sasquatch Festival. The full list of tour dates is below.
Their debut record, Alright You Restless, was made in eight days of feverish creativity, while Divisionary evolved over months of experimentation at Portland’s Jackpot Studios with veteran producer Tony Lash (Elliott Smith, The Dandy Warhols, Eric Matthews), as well as the home studio of Ages bass player Rob Oberdorfer. During the process, the band suffered the loss of a number of close family members and dear friends, so the songs became a kind of road map for anyone attempting to avoid darkness, without becoming consumed by anger in the face of life’s difficulties. “There were also great things happening,” Perry adds. “One of us had a child, another got married. Life was tipping both ends of the scale; there were a lot of changes going on.”
Perry spent ten days on a silent meditation retreat, formulating the direction of Divisonary, and his calm, centered vision is at the core of the music. The intricate harmonies, celebratory choral vocals, churchical piano and organ, inventive counter melodies, bright acoustic guitars, and exciting, interlocking rhythms set off aural fireworks to frame the grounded emotions conveyed in the lyrics.
The harmonies and intricate instrumental interplay on Divisionary are carefully crafted, but never sound forced, with complex arrangements that are naturalistic, invigorating and free. The clash between the band’s stirring folk sounds and emotionally thorny subject matter makes for a bracing listen, “as if the internal conflict is happening in real time,” Perry says.
“Ultimately I think the band all feels hopeful and blessed,” Perry concludes. “These songs reflect that optimism, but they don’t do so lightly or try to dodge the struggles we’re dealing with individually and as a band. It was an exceptionally long, hard road this time around but in the end, we’re all really proud and excited to share this record.”
02/08 | Pendleton, OR | Great Pacific02/28 | Seattle, WA | Barboza 03/01 | Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios
03/06 | San Francisco, CA | Brick & Mortar Music Hall #
03/07 | Oakland, CA | The New Parish #
03/08 | Los Angeles, CA | The Satellite #
03/09 | La Jolla, CA | The Loft at UCSD #
03/10 | Scottsdale, AZ | The Western #
03/12-16 | Austin, TX | SXSW
03/21 | Paonia, CO | Paradise Theatre &
03/22 | Denver, CO | Bluebird Theater &03/24 | Lincoln, NE | Vega &
03/25 | Iowa City, IA | The Mill &
03/26 | St. Louis, MO | Old Rock House &
03/28 | Toronto, ON | Legendary Horseshoe Tavern &
03/29 | Millvale, PA | Mr. Small’s Theatre &
04/01 | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom &
04/02 | Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer &04/04 | Northampton, MA | Academy of Music &04/05 | Portland, ME | Port City Music Hall &04/06 | Boston, MA | Royale &07/04 | George, WA | Sasquatch Festival