A week after announcing their forthcoming record Gigaton, alt-rock heroes have thrown a bit of a curveball by debuting the lead single from the record, the dancey, somewhat funky 'Dance of the Clairvoyants'.
With a groove reminiscent of Speaking In Tongues era Talking Heads, or even mid-00s Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Seattle alt-rockers flex their talents towards a much more modern sound. It's definitely a bit of an odd one to process on the first listen - synths and drum machines on a Pearl Jam track are an eyebrow raiser, for sure, but it really opens up halfway through for the better. Eddie Vedder's vocal performance is awesome - particularly those Bowie-like inflections - and the angular guitars are dope.
In a statement accompanying the release, bass player Jeff Amnet described the new track as the "perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration,” saying “We’ve opened some new doors creatively and that’s exciting.” I've got to agree - it really is. Listen to the single below.
Gigaton, the new record from Pearl Jam, arrives on Friday March 27 via Universal Music.