M. Ward Shares New Song; Announces New Album “Migration Stories” Out April 3rd On Anti Records

M. Ward has revealed plans for his latest album, Migration Stories, to be released on April 3rd, 2020 via Anti Records. A full North American tour will follow in April and May – all dates below. Captivating first track, “Migration Of Souls,” is out now.

Listen to “Migration Of Souls” Here

A prolific writer, producer and performer, M. Ward has established himself as one of modern American music’s most unique and versatile voices. For his tenth album he journeyed to Quebec, Canada to work with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry, producer/mixer Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine) and Teddy Impakt. Together they recorded a collection of 11 songs inspired by stories of human migration. Languid, hazy and often dream-like in narrative, these songs have their origins in pictures from newspaper and television reports, stories told by friends and tales from Ward’s own family history. At Arcade Fire’s Montreal studios the assembled talents recorded what he describes as “11 largely instrumental ballads – a sci-fi fast forward to a more silent night many generations from here to a maybe-era where movement is free again.”

Says Ward of the stories which informed these songs, “Some time went by, the stories wove together and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism. I think music subconsciously – whether writing or listening – is a filter for me. Helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from. Some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies – visualizing change to wish something into being. Those records inspired this one.”

M. Ward’s music has always felt intricate, intimate and other worldly. With Migration Stories he breathes beautiful life into vignettes of human flight, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy as it reckons with a world that feels more divided than ever before, even as its inhabitants grow more inextricably linked by the day. With a rich, emotive croon – which Uncut Magazine once likened to “honey drizzled onto a dry creekbed” – he conveys a huge depth of emotion, captured in the studio, almost entirely on the very first take.

Ward’s delivery is tender and gentle throughout the album, but there’s an undercurrent of darkness floating just beneath the surface; a persistent sense that the end may be closer than any of us dare to realize. Eerily beautiful opener “Migration of Souls” imagines a reunion beyond the boundaries of space and time, while the slow-shuffling “Heaven’s Nail and Hammer” gets lost in the stars, and the driving “Unreal City” searches for peace in a post-apocalyptic swirl of synthesizers. The album includes Ward’s deft take on the 1940 cowboy ballad, “Along The Santa Fe Trail,” popularized by Glenn Miller. It’s a record that draws on the full gamut of Ward’s profound powers as an artist, mixing folk tradition and timeless song craft with bold production and transportive sonic landscapes.

M. Ward Tour Dates: 

04/17/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer – Tickets

04/18/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall – Tickets

04/19/20 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall – Tickets

04/22/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom – Tickets

04/24/20 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair – Tickets

04/26/20 – Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios – Tickets

04/28/20 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt – Tickets

04/29/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall – Tickets

05/01/20 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall – Tickets

05/02/20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre – Tickets

05/03/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue – Tickets

05/14/20 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall – Tickets

05/16/20 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre – Tickets

05/17/20 – Tacoma, WA @ Elks Temple – Tickets

05/19/20 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Redwood Barn – Tickets

05/20/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel – Tickets

05/22/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater – Tickets

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