Stream: Bob Mould’s new album Beauty & Ruin


    Bob Mould will release his 11th solo album, Beauty & Ruin, on June 3rd via Merge Records. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full at Pitchfork.

    The follow-up to 2012’s Silver Age sees Mould joined by his longtime backing band of bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk). The end results spans 36 minutes and is described as a “compact epic.”

    In an interview with Stereogum, Mould discussed the album’s overall narrative and his various inspirations:


    I look at the record and there’s an arc, a narrative to it — at least I hope there is because I spent a lot of time putting it together that way. I started writing this record in October of 2012, right in the middle of touring for Silver Age. My dad passed away, not unexpectedly, but still, never a fun thing. And that triggered ideas about loss, about health and loss. That’s sort of where the record starts, and it moves through pretty clear ideas, from loss to reflection to acceptance to future. If you go back and look at the record in three-song packets with that in mind, you’ll see the cold, gray, slow beginning heading towards this warm, fast, sunny finish. It’s a very simple story. As far as Beauty & Ruin specifically, I think the two are oftentimes the same. I think one can always lead to the other, and that’s just the nature of things. I hope that short version of this all can get us to a place to talk about specific things.

    The 12-track effort is preceded by two singles, “Hey Mr. Grey” and “I Don’t Know You Anymore”.

    Pre-orders for the album are ongoing. Below, watch Mould and Co. debut album closer “Fix It”at South by Southwest:


    Beauty & Ruin Tracklist:
    01. Low Season
    02. Little Glass Pill
    03. I Don’t Know You Anymore
    04. Kid With Crooked Face
    05. Nemeses Are Laughing
    06. The War
    07. Forgiveness
    08. Hey Mr. Grey
    09. Fire in the City
    10. Tomorrow Morning
    11. Let the Beauty Be
    12. Fix It

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