This Friday on Jagjaguwar, Dinosaur Jr. will release their new album, Sweep It Into Space. Today, they present its third single/video, ‘Take It Back’, which follows ‘Garden’ and ‘I Ran Away’. ‘Take It Back’ starts with a blue-beat rhythm putting one in mind of Keith Richards’ Jamaican explorations (at least for a little bit). It features mini digital mellotron by J Mascis. The video, directed by Callum Scott-Dyson, is made of stop-motion animation and colourful collaged images.
For the video, Callum Scott-Dyson “really wanted to use the creature on the front of the album sleeve for Sweep It Into Space as an inspiration and springboard for its own little adventure, exploring some simple notions of creation, dependence, coming of age and searching for another like yourself. I wanted to mix those themes with my style of stop motion animation, everything being very DIY and handmade, using any materials I could get my hands on to bring the idea to life and give it a surreal and otherworldly feel. I’ve always been a really big fan of Dinosaur Jr, so I was working extra hard to do something that could add to such an awesome track and sit alongside it.”
Watch the video for ‘Take It Back’ = BELOW:
Sweep It Into Space was recorded, as usual, at Amherst’s Bisquiteen. The sessions began in the late autumn of 2019 and the only extra musician used this time was Kurt Vile, who co-produced the album. After recording with Kurt got disrupted, J Mascis took the reins on the rest of production. Murph’s pure-Flinstonian drumming drives the record like a go cart from Hell. Lou’s songs here are as elegant as always. J’s tracks flow and flower in the different directions he often follows.
Some are guitar howlers, with a string sound midway between Hendrix and Asheton, and some are power ballads, and there are anomalies. But there are very few moments where you wouldn’t know you were hearing Dinosaur Jr. in blindfolded needle drop. They have a signature sound as sure as the Stooges or Sonic Youth or Discharge ever did. They continue to expand their personal universe with Sweep It Into Space, without ever losing their central core.
This May, Dinosaur Jr. will play two socially distanced shows in the Northwest. Following that, they’ll host their beloved Camp Fuzz and then kick off a North American tour later this year. Tickets for all dates are on sale here. Additionally, to celebrate the release of the album, Dinosaur Jr. will play a livestream performance from the Sinclair in Boston, MA on May 1st at 9 pm EST. Tickets are available here, with upgrade options for exclusive merchandise and VIP Soundcheck Experience.
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