Dinosaur Jr. Shares New Single ‘Garden’
Today, Dinosaur Jr. released “Garden,” the latest track from their forthcoming Sweep It Into Space album along with a visual for the single. The Kurt Vile co-produced Sweep It Into Space comes out through Jagjaguwar on April 23.
“Garden” is one of two Sweep It Into Space tracks written and sung by bassist Lou Barlow. The trio — which consists of Barlow, guitarist J Mascis and drummer Murph — started work on the 12-track LP in the fall of 2019 at Biquiteen in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mascis helmed the sessions once the pandemic began. Dinosaur Jr. previously released Sweep It Into Space lead single “I Ran Away.”
Lou and Adelle Barlow co-directed the “Garden” video which incorporates John Moloney’s illustrations and animation by Chloe Hemingway. Read Lou’s thoughts regarding both the song and video below:
Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. It began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden. Luckily I was able to complete the vocals and instrumentation for the song just before the quarantine.
There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for Garden. I wanted to capture the two of us holding hands on a levy overlooking a scenic bend in the Connecticut River (very close to where the first Dinosaur video, Little Fury Things, was filmed!). Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song. So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it!
Check out Dinosaur Jr.’s “Garden” video:
Dinosaur Jr. celebrates the release of Sweep It Into Space with a livestream concert originating from The Sinclair in Boston. The livestream performance can be viewed via NoCap on May 1 at 9 p.m. ET.