Merry Christmas Eve! Slaughter Beach, Dog, the side-project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald, has surprise released a new album. It’s called At the Moonbase and it’s available to stream below via Apple Music and Spotify.
This is Ewald’s fourth full-length under the Slaughter Beach, Dog moniker. Technically it follows his 2019 album Safe and Also No Fear, but musically this new record is more akin to his 2016 debut Welcome and 2017’s Motorcycle.JPG.
Written and recorded alone at home and at The Metal Shop, Ewald’s recording studio in East Kensington, At the Moonbase is an exercise in solitary production and solo songwriting, no doubt in part due to the coronavirus pandemic. Across its 11-song tracklist, Ewald dips into slacker rock, expanded arrangements, and melancholic piano.
It’s a rich listening experience that came together organically — or at least that appears to be the case in some of the behind-the-scenes footage Ewald shared. For the past 23 days, he’s been uploading videos of himself fleshing out and rehearsing these songs at home. He’s labeling that footage a Slaughter Beach, Dog advent calendar, and you can check it out at his website.
At the Moonbase is currently available to pre-order as a digital download and as a later physical release. Check out the album artwork and the complete tracklist after the jump.
At the Moonbase Artwork:
At the Moonbase Tracklist:
01. Are You There
02. Do You Understand (What Has Happened to You)
03. My Girl
05. Thinking of You
06. A Modern Lay
07. At the Moonbase
08. Fell in Love
09. Song for Oscar’s
10. Van Morrison
11. Notes from a Brief Engagement (At the Boot & Saddle)