Dinosaur Jr. are set to make their long-awaited return on April 23rd with the release of Sweep It Into Space. Co-produced by Kurt Vile, it marks the band’s 12th album to date and first in five years, following 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.
As a preview, Dino Jr. have shared the song “Garden”. The mid-tempo ballad was written by Lou Barlow, who discussed his inspiration for both the song and its accompanying video, which he co-directed with his wife Adelle, in a lengthy statement included within a press release.
“Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. It began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden. Luckily I was able to complete the vocals and instrumentation for the song just before the quarantine.
There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for Garden. I wanted to capture the two of us holding hands on a levy overlooking a scenic bend in the Connecticut River (very close to where the first Dinosaur video, Little Fury Things, was filmed!). Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song. So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it!
Thanks for watching.”
Watch the video for “Garden” below. It serves as our second preview of Sweep It Into Space following “I Ran Away”.
Dinosaur Jr. are planning to tour behind the album beginning with a pair of socially-distanced concerts in New England in May. They’ll then host their annual Camp Fuzz Festival in July, before embarking on an extensive tour of North America beginning in September. Tickets are available here.