We’re a little over a week away from the release of Horizons/East, a new studio album from genre-defying Orange County-based band Thrice.
The band’s 11th studio album to date arrives on Sept. 17, and it was previewed on Wednesday with a track called “Set Fire to the Rain,” the third pre-release song shared by the band. Fully showcasing the band’s refusal to adhere to a certain sound, the song is an intriguing introduction to the new material:
Said vocalist Dustin Kensrue of the song’s themes:
“How often is life spilling over with beauty and novelty and possibility and all we can do is complain, in this case about getting wet, and to miss the moment completely? So much depends on how we attend to each moment.”
Another song shared ahead of the album was “Robot Soft Exorcism,” another exercise in unpredictability:
And “Scavengers,” which was the band’s first introductory statement, debuted with a narrative music video of stark imagery:
As a news release details:
For vocalist Dustin Kensrue, the song is – but also kind of isn’t – a thing of the past. Whether lost in a media diet that is essentially a disinformation pipeline or, relatedly, trapped in fear of a future of eternal conscious pain, Kensrue speaks of “toxic worldviews I once inhabited,” and in truth, “a lot of people that I love are still in that place.
The release characterizes Horizons/East as an album that exemplifies art as a work of recognition — the human task of perceiving oneself amid details, disasters, and blessings as a relentlessly relational phenomenon among others.
1. The Color Of The Sky
3. Buried In The Sun
4. Northern Lights
5. Summer Set Fire To The Rain
6. Still Life
7. The Dreamer
8. Robot Soft Exorcism
9. Dandelion Wine
Catch Thrice on the road this fall in support of the record: