It has been more than two years since Wilderness’s last album, and until just recently, the ground-breaking band from Baltimore, Maryland, has been largely inactive on the live scene as well. All that is about to change, as Jagjaguwar is proud to announce that the Wilderness cycle begins anew with the release of “(k)no(w)here”, Wilderness’s third full-length album, on November 4. Championed in the press as fertile traversers of “the more cerebral end of the rock spectrum” (by Pitchfork) and more simply as “just short of invincible” (by The Village Voice), Wilderness will also be touring North America in November and December. A more comprehensive announcement of tour dates will be made soon.
Wilderness’s third full-length album entitled “(k)no(w)here” was conceived as one musical piece, and the impetus for this composition came from an invitation to collaborate with renowned visual artist Charles Long at Long’s exhibit at the Whitney Biennial in Spring of 2008. The eight identifiable parts of “(k)no(w)here” are not readily separated from each other, such is the flow from and into each part. Created in ways different than the previous Wilderness self-titled album (2005) and the Wilderness “Vessel States” album (2006), “(k)no(w)here” still retains the Wilderness sound, with some evolution. On the new album, James Johnson is sometimes joined vocally by Colin McCann (aka THE LORD DOG BIRD, whose self-titled debut was released by Jagjaguwar in the Summer of 2008). And, as on previous albums, McCann performs on guitar, Brian Gossman on bass, and William Goode on drums, but the resulting community of all these parts comes across as more dynamic, and the perceived space they inhabit seems more vast.
Please check out a clip of Wilderness’ collaboration with Charles Long at the Whitney Biennial here:
Stay tuned for more Wilderness news, and the announcement of a tour this fall.
ALBUM TRACK LISTING:
1. High Nero
2. Strand the Test of Time
4. Silver Gene
5. Own Anything
6. Chinese Whisperers
7. Soft Cage