Oregon trio YOB will release its eighth album, "Our Raw Heart" , on June 8 via Relapse Records . The disc was co-produced by the band and Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Oregon, with mastering handled by Heba Kadry ( THE MARS VOLTA , DIAMANDA GALAS , SLOWDIVE ).
The album's title track, "Our Raw Heart" , can be streamed below.
"The album title hit me early that year, so I knew the lyrics would be informed by it," singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt said. Though he declined to go into specifics — he'd rather the listener interpret the lyrics for their own unique experience — Scheidt does want to stress the collective nature of the title. "So many people came to my aid while I was recovering," a reference to his harrowing medical journey which he discussed recently with Rolling Stone . "It almost seems trite to say it was humbling, but I felt this heightened state of support and connection to people around the world who gave to me in many different ways so I could keep my head above water—whether it was encouragement, financial support or spiritual support."
Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com with various physical bundles including a super deluxe 2XLP boxset (limited to 100 copies), a white/gold splattered deluxe version (limited to 300 copies), various merchandise and other formats including cassette and CD. Digital downloads include an instant download of "The Screen" .
"Our Raw Heart" track listing:
02. The Screen
03. In Reverie
04. Lung Reach
05. Beauty in Falling Leaves
06. Original Face
07. Our Raw Heart
YOB 's most recent release, "Clearing The Path To Ascend" , was one of 2014's most heralded releases, with Rolling Stone saying the music "makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence." Stereogum said the four-track album offers "a universe unto itself" while Decibel said the songs were "as riveting as you could ever hope for them to be."
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