Cass McCombs announces new album, Tip of the Sphere, shares “Sleeping Volcanoes”: Stream

Plus, a 2019 North American tour to support the release

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Cass McCombs, photo by Silva Grav

    Psychedelic folk singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has announced his latest record, Tip of the Sphere. The follow-up to 2016’s Mangy Love and McCombs’ ninth overall full-length, the album is due out February 8th, 2019 via ANTI-.

    Recorded at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, New York alongside engineer Sam Owens, Tip of the Sphere came together with more purpose than McCombs’ past efforts. Instead of taking his time bouncing around different studios, McCombs focused in with intentional speed to produce an album with “raw immediacy and a special balance of compassion and experimentation…”

    A press release notes that “Tip of the Sphere recounts what has unfolded in the wake of Mangy Love’s pre-inaugural prophetic themes.” Over the 11 tracks on the album, McCombs is searching to make sense of it all, as he does on lead single “Sleeping Volcanoes”. Bass trudges through a haze of guitar and bent notes twanging off into infinity while McCombs tries to make sense of the emotional turmoil everyone he passes on the street seems to be going through. Take a listen below.


    Pre-orders for Tip of the Sphere are going on now, including a number of bundles with T-shirts. The vinyl edition of the record comes with a “Castillo de la Esfera” (Castle of the Sphere) vinyl topper insert designed by Tahiti Pehrson as “an homage to Brion Gysin’s dream machine.” Find the album art and tracklist below.

    Tip of the Sphere Artwork:

    Cass McCombs Tip of the Spear album cover artwork

    Tip of the Sphere Tracklist:
    01. I Followed The River South To What
    02. The Great Pixley Train Robbery
    03. Estrella
    04. Absentee
    05. Real Life
    06. Sleeping Volcanoes
    07. Sidewalk Bop After Suicide
    08. Prayer For Another Day
    09. American Canyon Sutra
    10. Tying Up Loose Ends
    11. Rounder

    McCombs will tour behind the record through late winter and early spring. Find the North American dates below.


    Cass McCombs 2018-2019 Tour Dates:
    11/09 – Weissenhäuser Strand, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
    11/10-11 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
    11/12 – London, UK @ Hoxton Hall
    11/14 – Leffinge, BE @ De Zwerver
    11/16 – Rust, DE @ Rolling Stone Park
    03/04 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
    03/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
    03/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murrmr
    03/08 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    03/09 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
    03/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi
    03/16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    03/18 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
    03/20 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
    03/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
    03/26 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
    03/27 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
    03/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
    04/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore