Louisville, Kentucky’s amphitheater rock experts My Morning Jacket are finally giving you new music this spring. All we know so far is that the new offering, called Circuital, includes a song with the title of “Holdin’ On to Black Metal” and that the genesis of the album belongs to Muppets.
Rolling Stone reports the band recorded the LP in a church’s gym in Louisville. Frontman Jim James calls the album “the most live record we’ve ever done.” James also says, “We want people to have almost the exact opposite experience they had last time. I definitely had some goals of wanting to make this one warmer and somehow more contained and more concise of a statement.”
As for the Muppet connection, some of the songs on Cirtuital were commissioned by a studio executive and originally written for the Muppet band Electric Mayhem (with the inimitable Animal on drums). There was even promise of a tour in which My Morning Jacket would get to play the songs behind a curtain while projections of their Muppet counterparts took the mainstage. The project fell through, but the songs remained. The band was also asked to contribute songs for a new Muppet movie due this year starring a slew of notable actors and comedians like Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Zach Galfianakis, but the songs were sadly not used.
Circuital doesn’t have a release date yet, but you can hope to see some new songs live when My Morning Jacket hits the summer festival circuit.