Kurt Wagner's Lambchop are still as productive as ever, despite being nigh on 30 years into their existence; it has been announced they'll be releasing a new album called This (is what I wanted to tell you) through City Slang on March 22nd. Officially it is being announced as the 14th album in their catalogue, because they're skipping unlucky number 13. Judging by lead single 'The December-ish You', it's an auspicious move musically, but hasn't brought Kurt any solace for his weary heart.

Wagner's wry humour is still intact though, as evidenced by the quote offered about 'The December-ish You': "Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies... This is not that."

'The December-ish You' continues Wagner's fascination with the vocoder that characterised Lambchop's last album, FLOTUS, but, just as it did then, it sounds like a perfectly natural fit. He might have been joking in the above quote, but the track does have a floating grace akin to being on a slowly cruising boat - but in deepest December, with spitting rain in your eyes, a biting wind catching your reddened cheeks and piles of snowdrifts built up on either side, keeping your imagination confined to your mind. Lambchop coasts down a six minute passage of longing and reminiscing, with delicately virtuosic basslines, a dusting of piano and a squelching synth all intermingling to underscore the confused currents of Wagner's feelings as he looks back in time. His lyrics are both specific and oblique, but as ever it is his cultured vocal delivery that carries the hefty emotion, where the smooth and unhurried propulsion allows us to sit and stew in it gloriously for a little while. 'The December-ish You' exquisitely captures Wagner's desire to both experiment with new sounds while basking in his advancing years, expressing the interlinked pain and pleasure that the new perspective gives him - all done at his own perfect pace.

Lambchop's This (is what I wanted to tell you) can be pre-ordered here ahead of its March 22nd release on City Slang. They'll also be arriving on European shores soon after to play these dates:

12 Apr - Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
13 Apr - Copenhagen, DK @ DR Koncerthuset, Studie 2
14 Apr - Oslo, NO @ Röverstaden
17 Apr - Leipzig, DE @ Felsenkeller
18 Apr - Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
19 Apr - Vienna, AT @ WUK
20 Apr - Darmstadt, DE @ Centralstation
21 Apr - London @ EartH
23 Apr - Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
24 Apr - Bern, CH @ Dachstock, Reitschule
25 Apr - Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
26 Apr - Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
27 Apr - Cologne, DE @ Gloria
28 Apr - Brussels, BE @ Nuits Botanique Festival
29 Apr - Hamburg, DE @ Elbphilharmony
30 Apr - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord