Lambchop have announced their new album, The Bible, out September 30th via Merge/City Slang. As a preview of the LP, the project of Kurt Wagner has shared the pensive, funky new single “Police Dog Blues.”
The album was written in the summer of 2021 at a decommissioned paint factory turned practice space, where Wagner teamed with piano player Andrew Broder and handed over the production reins to his previous collaborator Ryan Olson of Gayngs and Poliça. Crossing across genres, the record ventures into country, jazz, disco, and funk.
Pre-orders are ongoing. Scroll onward for the artwork and tracklist.
With a slapping bass, bluesy horns, and powerful backing vocals, “Police Dog Blues” features upbeat instrumentation, but the lyrics are pretty heavy: “It’s not so hard to lose/ Waiting on the rain delay.” The tone makes sense, considering it was inspired by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
“During the unrest surrounding the horrific injustice in Minneapolis in 2020, I had been re-listening to a song by Blind Blake, ‘Police Dog Blues,'” Wagner explained in a statement. “Of note, it was originally recorded in 1929, the year my father was born, and it seems John Peel played it on his show on Sept. 11, 1968. It was deceptively upbeat musically and not what I remembered at all. Then I remembered a police dog is a Shepherd.”
“Police Dog Blues” comes with a visual treatment directed by Isaac Gale and generated using the Unreal 3D graphics engine. Gale shared a statement about the making of the video, saying,
“White privilege and apathy in the face of disastrous reality. I don’t think it’s stretching it to compare the police in Minneapolis — where myself and the producers of the record, Ryan Olson and Andrew Broder, all live — to a human-made catastrophic disaster.
We took the police dog from the song title literally and imagined a city, post cop-apocalypse, overrun by German Shepherds just kinda doing their thing. The process of directing this video for me was similar to watching a friend playing video games and chiming in with ideas that might help get them where they need to go. We needed to produce this in a virtual reality as opposed to live-action to achieve the most grotesque imagery possible from these ideas. Using 3D models and software made it possible to visualize the cold, horrible, detached-from-reality feeling that we wanted from the empty city and suburbs. Joe Midthun used Unreal Engine and Visions of Chaos to set up events like dogs just hanging around or a tidal wave of police flowing into a suburb, and we’d hope for happy accidents from the AI.”
Watch the “Police Dog Blues” video below. The Bible serves as the follow-up to last year’s Showtunes.
The Bible Artwork:
The Bible Tracklist:
01. His Song Is Sung
02. Little Black Boxes
04. Whatever, Mortal
05. A Major Minor Drag
06. Police Dog Blues
07. Dylan at the Mousetrap
08. Every Child Begins the World Again
09. So There
10. That’s Music