Since the above photo first surfaced on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, the indie world has been in a furore about the suggested collaboration between three of the finest young songwriters currently working: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. They have today confirmed that they have teamed up under the moniker boygenius, and will be releasing a 6-track self-titled EP through Matador on November 9th.

That release date seems far off, but they've made the blow softer by releasing half of the EP today, with three brand new tracks: 'Bite The Hand', 'Stay Down' and 'Me & My Dog', which prove that their chemistry is as potent as we'd hoped. Julien Baker explains this further:

“Everyone seemed both confident enough to present ideas and fight for their individual vision, but considerate and humble enough to make decisions which ultimately served the song,” says Baker. “It was a process that required a balance of determination and forthrightness with graciousness and pliability, and I think that we all did a good job of enacting that.”

In a group that is so well balanced, they of course each helm one of the three new tracks released today. In the Dacus-guided 'Bite The Hand', the trio takes up a formation of harmonies, Bridgers and Baker soaring in falsetto above Dacus' emotional register, as she admits continually "I can't love you like you want me to." The song then sails into one of those tumultuous finales that we've come to love from Dacus' Historian.

Baker takes the lead on 'Stay Down', which starts mournful and folky, imbued with violins, before gradually climbing to one of those cathartic and excoriating conclusions that she did so well on Turn Out The Lights, this time backed powerfully by her partners.

The third new offering is Bridgers' 'Me & My Dog', a typically wistful and soul-searching Americana-tinged chugging rocker that beholds within its pastoral visages a deeply personal song. Check out all three below.

All three of these individuals have tours booked, but for a short stretch they will be on the road together as Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers set out on a co-headline tour with Lucy Dacus opening. The possibilities of some boygenius songs being performed by the trio seems like a real possibility, so get down to one of these dates if you can:

4/11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
6/11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
7/11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
8/11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10/11 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
11/11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
12/11 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
13/11 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
15/11 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
16/11 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
17/11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
19/11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
20/11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
23/11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
24/11 - Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre
25/11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
27/11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
29/11 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
30/11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern