The wait for brand new Yo La Tengo music is finally over as the group announced a new Bandcamp page by releasing the song ‘James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday)’.
The band recorded the new song at their rehearsal space in New Jersey while in quarantine and have officially shared the track, giving indie kids around the world a little mid-week pick-me-up.
In a statement on the newly created Bandcamp page, Ira Kaplan said of the song: “If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken—that pretty much covers none of you—you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word “improvising”). Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.”
It was seclusion that would be forced upon them and the rest of the world. “In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed… ‘practicing’ hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would be practicing for… playing. “
“James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead, we decided to release something we did right now.”
The new music comes as the band also announced that this year their seminal album Electr-o-Pura will be reissued.
You can listen to new music from Yo La Tengo below with their new single, ‘James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday)’.