Perennially esoteric indie rock demi-god Stephen Malkmus is back with The Jicks for a sixth album, Wig Out At Jagbags, which is released on January 6th via Domino Records.

At a recent Oregon show Malkmus played out a third of the album to blatantly ecstatic fanboys, one of which, 'Lariat', is to be the lead single.

The track is part 60s garage pop balladry, part art school experimental. The accompanying video shows a doe-eyed French girl listening to the song in her apartment, the lyrics appearing in French as she gads about, chatting to her housemate as she applies make up. Maybe that's a French thing? I dunno.

The track itself is fucking killer, the drums are kept subdued in the mix, the guitars jar and splay, whilst the piano motif keeps it together. Lyrically Malkmus is still on the finest form, proving that his other band didn't get all the spoils from his little book of words.

The band have also announced they'll be touring the UK this January. Check out the dates, along with the video, below.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks January 2014 Tour Dates:

  • Mon 13th Leeds, Brudenell
  • Tues 14th Glasgow, Oran Mor
  • Weds 15th Manchester, Gorilla
  • Thurs 16th London, Forum