The Avett Brothers Announce New Album ‘The Third Gleam’

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The Avett Brothers will issue a new studio album entitled The Third Gleam via Loma Vista Recordings on August 28. The Third Gleam comes 12 years after 2008’s The Second Gleam and 14 years after 2006’s The Gleam – a pair of EPs released by Ramseur Records.

While it’s been over a decade since The Second Gleam, the release of The Third Gleam comes less than a year after The Avett Brothers put out their latest studio album, 2019’s Closer Than Together. Scott Avett, Seth Avett and Bob Crawford return to their roots as an acoustic trio on the new LP.

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The Avetts continued a tradition of putting out a statement when announcing a new record. For The Third Gleam, Seth and Scott shared their thoughts on the LP — which was recorded before the pandemic and social reform movement — in a video. Read what the pair had to say below:

The Third Gleam was finished before a virus and its carnage swept through humankind in the spring of 2020,” share Scott and Seth. “It was finished before the most recent injustices against black lives inspired outrage and a much-needed call for social reform and revolution. Through the fever pitch of fear over the pandemic, outcry in the wake of widely observable bigotry, and mourning over the death caused by both, we are united in conflict…put to task in the arenas of our fortitude, our morality, indeed the strength of our own souls, individually and collectively. It is a time of heightened experience; heightened response; heightened resolve. If you are reading or hearing this statement now, you are a part of it.

“And yet, neither of these massive fundamental concerns are entirely new to us. Sickness…in body and in mind are old news for our species, and in truth have found us susceptible throughout our complex history. And so our plagues, biological, behavioral and systemic, are intrinsically a part of us. We navigate them poorly at times and heroically at others.

“To the point of this writing, as it pertains to the announcement of a record release, it barely warrants mentioning that an 8-song collection is a whisper of an offering in a time of blaring considerations. As I mentioned before, Scott and I finished this album just before these two fundamental concerns overtook nearly the entire planet. Consequently, as the timeline goes, the songs were not informed specifically by the urgent and pivotal concepts which are now center stage. However, as these factors have been and will remain a part of us as a whole, independent of a specific moment in history, the songs of this particular piece do connect somehow to this particular time. Our personal perspectives and experiences are inherently the common thread, which is an element we have found to be imperative in our process of making art. Even so, there are themes which have made their way into this chapter of songs that are undeniably universal, and anchored in our current world…

“Isolation, resilience, frustration, confusion, contemplation and hope are here, both in regards to our own lives and as a consideration of the human experience in general. There is humor and love, both for life itself and as it binds a pairing of people. We touch on historical prejudice, faith, economic disparity, gun violence, incarceration, redemption, and as is increasingly standard with our records, stark mortality. This is by no means a record defined by any specific social or cultural goal, nor is it informed by a singular challenge posed to humanity. It is merely the sound of my brother and I in a room, singing about what is on our minds and in our hearts at the time…sharing it now is about what sharing art is always about: another chance that we may partake in connecting with our brothers and sisters of this world, and hopefully joining you in noticing a speck of light gleaming in what appears to be a relatively long and dark night.”

Watch Seth & Scott Avett’s announcement video below:

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The Third Gleam Tracklist

  1. Victory
  2. I Should’ve Spent The Day With My Family
  3. Prison To Heaven
  4. Back Into The Light
  5. Women Like You
  6. Untitled #4
  7. I Go To My Heart
  8. The Fire
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