Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks have been fairly quiet since the release of 2014's Wig Out at Jagbags, but that seems to be changing as they have put out a new song and announced some US tour dates for the summer season.

The new track, 'Middle America', plays to all of Malkmus' strengths, captivating wordplay, lightweight melodicism and an undefinable air of comfort and curiosity that he seems to cultivate in his finest songs. Upon hearing it, 405 colleague Andy Johnston commented "does anyone do effortless breeziness like Malkmus? No, the answer is no one does."

Listen to 'Middle America' below.

News about a new Jicks album is still forthcoming, but can't be far off considering the extensive US tour that has been announced. You can see those dates here.