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Members of The National and Menomena form Pfarmers, premiere “The Ol’ River Gang” — listen

Supergroup to release its debut album in May

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    Pfarmers is a new band comprised of The National’s Bryan Devendorf, Menomena’s Danny Seim, and Dave Nelson, a horn player who’s collaborated with the likes of St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, and Beirut. Together, the three-piece is gearing up to release its debut album, Gunnera, on May 12th through Jurassic Pop.

    Seim spoke about the inspiration for the LP:

    The record is about a dream I had where I’m reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River i.e. the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore.

    In anticipation, Pfarmers has let loose “The Ol’ River Gang”. Chaotic and synth-happy, the track seems to draw more from Menomena’s experimental rock stylings than The National’s melancholic anthems. Listen in below.

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    Sticking to the South American folklore theme, Pfarmers are offering an “ultra limited collector’s edition” of the album; limited to just 50 copies, it will come with handmade seed bomb sculptures inspired by El Dorado folk art.

    Gunnera Tracklist:
    01. Benthos
    02. You Shall Know the Spirit
    03. Work for Me
    04. El Dorado
    05. The Ol’ River Gang
    06. How to Build a Tube
    07. Promised Land

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