Garbage share sharp-edged new single “Empty” — listen

Shirley Manson & co. offer up the first preview of forthcoming album Strange Little Birds

Photo by Joseph Cultice

On June 10th, Garbage will return with their first album in four years, Strange Little Birds. The follow-up to 2012’s Not Your Kind of People marks their sixth overall and is due out through the band’s own STUNVOLUME imprint. Spanning 11 tracks, the LP was recorded in band member and veteran producer Butch Vig’s basement, as well as Red Razor Sounds in Los Angeles.

Strange Little Birds is the least “fussed over” album in Garbage’s catalog, according to a press release. Frontwoman Shirley Manson explained, “The guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically.”

Today, the alt rockers show what that instinctive drive does for their sound by letting loose the record’s first single, “Empty”. Here, razor-edged guitars wind up and cut through gauzy drums as Manson sings about the hollowness that plagues her: “I am so empty, you’re all I’m thinking about.”

Stream it below.

Strange Little Birds Tracklist:
01. Sometimes
02. Empty
03. Blackout
04. If I Lost You
05. Night Drive Loneliness
06. Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
07. Magnetized
08. We Never Tell
09. So We Can Stay Alive
10. Teaching Little Fingers to Play
11. Amends


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