Pitchfork: Shearwater Changes Label, Releases Live Album And 2 Solo Songs

April 24, 2011 Blog, Blurbs

Jonathan Meiburg’s indie rock project, Shearwater, has signed to Sub Pop for the release of his new record due sometime next year. Meiburg is also offering two solo songs on his Bandcamp page as well as a 10-song live album of Shearwater material.


In January, the Texan orchestral pop band Shearwater played their last three albums in full during a three-hour show at Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church. 2006’s Palo Santo, 2008’s Rook, and last year’s The Golden Archipelago make up the band’s “Island Arc” trilogy. Now, they’ve released a digital live album called The Island Arc, which includes excerpts from the show. The 10-song live album is streaming above, and it’s for sale at Shearwater’s Bandcamp page.

Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg is also offering another new release on the Bandcamp page: A two-song solo effort called Why I Love My Home (Songs for Charles Burchfield). Meiburg wrote the two tracks, “Hymn to the Valences” and “The Moth and the Milky Way”, for a performance at New York’s Whitney Museum, at the opening of an exhibit by the painter Burchfield. Wye Oak member Andy Stack joined Meiburg at the show, and Meiburg writes that he’ll release both songs on vinyl as part of a 2012 charity singles series from Graveface Records. The two songs are streaming and for sale at Shearwater’s Bandcamp page.


Props to Tom Breihan at Pitchfork for the news.