The release of Deerhunter's new album Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is standing out like a beacon of light in the middle of what will be a dreary month: it comes out January 18th. We've already heard opening track 'Death In Midusmmer' and today they follow it up with jaunty new number 'Element'.

In his cryptical captions for each of the tracks on the new album, Bradford Cox describes 'Element' as “an elegy for ecology (a landscape done in toxic watercolors)”. It's certainly an evocative little note, but the song is surprisingly jovial sounding despite that introduction. There's a seasickness to the wavering synths and harpsichord that wash through the track, while Cox sings of ill-coloured clouds and an unnatural wind. You'd think this might build to a cataclysmic chorus, but instead we get a sing-song hook that speaks to humans' ability to weather these forthcoming trials as long as they have the company of others around them.

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? comes out through 4AD on January 18th. Deerhunter have been announced for Primavera 2019 (of course), so look out for more European tour dates to be announced soon.