Jonathan Coulton is happy to announce the forthcoming release of his new album, Solid State. The LP will be released on April 28, 2017. Today he reveals the first single “All This Time,” which is describes as “a rebel song from deep inside a zoned-out, medicated mindset.”
Pre-order “Solid State” here: http://solidstate.jonathancoulton.com
In support of Solid State, Coulton has confirmed a tour of North America as the support for Aimee Mann. The dates kick off April 20 at Washington, DC‘s Lincoln Theater and will include stops at The Town Hall in New York City on April 22 and The Theater At Ace Hotel on May 13 in Los Angeles. The full tour is listed below.
Solid State is the follow up to his 2011 album Artificial Heart of which AV Club said, “inventive production and Coulton’s knack for hooks make Heart a solid effort” and Blurt noted, “hum-worthy ditties … suggest Artificial Heart is definitely the real deal.” Musically, Solid State has a pared-down anthemic force very different from the chord-heavy guitar-pop that made Coulton famous. Jonathan created them while working, in close collaboration with his producer Christian Cassan, from his home in Gowanus, Brooklyn, often composing “in the box.” He tweaked knobs for inspiration, building waves of drone and jangle and hum that feel a bit like a digital hymn. And yet the tracks that comprise the upcoming album are also dialectical songs by design: they’re solid-state anthems that are meant to question — and maybe to mourn — the method of their own production.
As it builds, Solid State flips the script on some of Coulton’s oldest obsessions: rather than dwell on our responses to the internet, these songs also wonder what the internet thinks (and feels) about us. They’re stories about a poisoned utopia, in which the endless choices might all seem bad: staying connected and cutting yourself off; being known and being anonymous.
The upcoming album is linked to a new graphic novel written by Matt Fraction and drawn by Albert Monteys. Solid State narrates a trippy epic, a psychedelic, futuristic narrative about two men whose fates are linked over time (and who are both, as it happens, named Bob) and the God-like artificial intelligence that both protects and abandons them. It’s a Neal Stephenson/Ray Kurzweil/Kevin Kelly-inflected fable that is located at the end of the world, much of it deep inside a city that has been sedated by what Coulton calls “nicey-nice fascism”-locked-in, medicated, machine-run-and which is ringed by a raw, ruined apocalyptic landscape. The graphic novel is a story about how we got there from here.
Jonathan Coulton Tour Dates
4/20 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
4/21 Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
4/22 New York City, NY – The Town Hall
4/23 Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theatre
4/25 Albany, NY – The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
4/26 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
4/28 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
4/29 Chicago, IL – Park West
4/30 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
5/2 Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
5/3 St Paul, MN – Fitzgerald Theater
5/5 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
5/6 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
5/8 Missoula, MT – The Wilma
5/9 Seattle, WA – Neptune
5/10 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
5/12 San Franciso, CA – The Fillmore
5/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel