Today M. Ward has shared the track ‘New Kerrang’, the most up-tempo song he has recorded in years. Featuring Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, listen to the track below. 


“This is ‘New Kerrang’, a song about a drummer facing a crisis of faith in her sound,” Ward explains. “It’s inspired by used-bin Ray Davies records and by all the musicians I know who are chasing perfection by following whatever sound is crashing around in their head.”

‘New Kerrang’ is the second single on ‘Supernatural Thing,’ M. Ward’s upcoming twelfth studio album that will be released on 23rd June. The album’s guest stars — First Aid Kit, Shovels & Rope, Scott McMicken, Neko Case, Jim James and others — enliven the album with surprises. Eight of the album’s ten songs are Ward originals, but there is also an unorthodox Bowie choice, “I Can’t Give Everything Away” from ‘Blackstar,’ and a live rendition of Daniel Johnston’s “Story of an Artist.” ‘Supernatural Thing’ vinyl is available for pre-order in the M. Ward webstore and includes an exclusive signed print and other merchandise offerings. Check it out here: https://mward.ffm.to/store

“The title ‘Supernatural Thing’ comes from an early thought as a kid that radio travelled the same airwaves as messages from supernatural things — and music, especially remembered music, is somehow tied up in this exchange,” Ward explained. “When you can’t go out and see it for yourself, radio is still the best way for me to connect with the outside world. Whether it be music or talk or news or politics – FM or AM or satellite – I re-learned this while stranded indoors during the pandemic – It’s constantly changing at the hands of someone far away who you don’t know and there’s a lot in that exchange to be inspired by when it comes to making records.”

Pre-order ‘Supernatural Thing’

1. lifeline
2. too young to die (feat. First Aid Kit)
3. supernatural thing
4. new kerrang (feat. Scott McMicken)
5. dedication hour (feat. Neko Case)
6. i can’t give everything away (feat. Jim James)
7. engine 5 (feat. First Aid Kit)
8. mr. dixon (feat. Shovels & Rope)
9. for good (feat. Kelly Pratt)
10. story of an artist

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