Cass McCombs has announced the release of his ninth full-length album; Tip Of The Sphere will be coming out through Anti- on February 8th 2019. Along with the announcement he has shared the track ‘Sleeping Volcanoes’.

With a mind as poetically adept as McCombs’ is, ‘Sleeping Volcanoes’ could be a metaphor for many things, but he’s given us a little insight by saying it’s about “people passing each other on the sidewalk unaware of the emotional volatility they are brushing past, like a sleeping volcano that could erupt at any moment.”

This seems like a particularly pointed observation at this point in time, when the public all over the world has never felt more divided on a multitude of issues that are impinging upon our psyche every day. Thankfully we have the music of the likes of Cass McCombs, who manages to add a little lightness, humour and compassion to his songs, and this especially true in ‘Sleeping Volcanoes’. Cass is singing to people “all over the world” in his new track, embracing them in his warm voice and encouraging perseverance and unity between different sects. With a mellifluous groove and even some amusing bird-whistle like atmospherics, ‘Sleeping Volcanoes’ is the kind of song just warm and slightly weird enough to help us melt away our troubles, if only for four minutes. Take a listen below.

Cass McCombs will be playing an intimate London gig at Hoxton Hall on November 12th. There'll surely be more touring after that, so keep an eye out. You can pre-order his new album Tip Of The Sphere right here.