Last year Detroit post-punks Protomartyr released Relatives In Descent, an album that ended up in our Top 20 of the Year, along with album opener 'A Private Understanding' hitting number 3 in our favourite songs of the year. We also had a lengthy and enlightening conversation with singer Joe Casey. It's fair to say that we're pretty excited that they've announced they will be releasing a new four track release called Consolation E.P. through Domino on June 15th.

For two of the four new tracks they have collaborated with Kelley Deal of The Breeders and R.Ring. Mike Montgommery of R. Ring recorded and produced the EP in his studio in Dayton, Kentucky. Deal shares fond memories of the work she did with Protomartyr and Montgommery on the release:

“For Mike and I, working on this EP with Protomartyr was a re-kindling of the tender spark that was struck upon our first encounter with them years ago in Texas. They were graciously tolerant and receptive to my production ideas on the songs and the project quickly grew beyond our private orb. We have cello from Lori Goldston, viola from Jocelyn Hach and even bass clarinet from Evan Ziporyn, and I do some singing with Joe. There's a lot of trust involved when an artist places their songs in your hands, and we were very mindful of that while intentionally trying to take the songs in new directions. Candyland in Dayton, KY is home-base for R.Ring recording, and it's close enough that the Proto-men could make it down to lay the tracks down. This is the second project like this we've done with them, so we're ready to flip the tables and have them produce and record some of our songs!”

One of the songs featuring Deal is 'Wheel Of Fortune', which the band has put out today. Much like 'A Private Understanding', it is a song of many sections, starting with a thunderous introduction, with Casey and Deal forcefully singing in unison "I decide who lives and who dies." This soon precipitates a wan and atmospheric middle section, allowing Casey to spew more of his trademark dense and sprawling lyrics.

The song comes with a video directed by Yoonha Park (who directed the band's video for 'Don't Go To Anacita'), which captures the alien atmosphere of the track. Watch and listen to 'Wheel Of Fortune' below.

Consolation E.P. can be pre-ordered from Domino ahead of its June 15th release. They're hitting UK shores this week, catch them on the following dates:

Fri. May 4 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Sat. May 5 - Leicester, UK @ Handmade Festival
Sun. May 6 - Glasgow, UK @ Stag & Dagger Festival
Tue. May 8 - Hull, UK @ Fruit
Wed. May 9 - Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux
Thu. May 10 - London, UK @ Rough Trade East - In Conversation with the Raincoats
Thu. May 10 - London, UK @ Scala