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Tue April 12, 2011
All Songs Considered Blog

Download My Morning Jacket's New 'Circuital' And Five Live Songs

  • "Smokin' For Shootin'" Live (from 'Evil Urges')
  • "Butch Cassidy" Live (from 'The Tennesee Fire')
  • "The Way That He Sings" Live (from 'At Dawn')
  • "One Big Holiday" Live (from 'It Still Moves')
  • "It Beats 4 U" Live (from 'Z')

Today, we unveil the title cut from the upcoming My Morning Jacket album, Circuital. The full-length record comes out May 31 (you'll be able to preview it in our First Listen series starting May 23).

We asked singer Jim James about the new record. He wrote back:

There is a certain feeling you get in your mouth when you drink water or milk; it's like your mouth knows that they belong there. They mesh right in. Now, I'm no scientist, but I feel the molecules in milk and water are more circular or soft, rolling, wave-like — more akin to the cells already existing in your body, far different from the triangular pointed saw-wave feeling you get when you drink a fizzy water or a beer or something bubbly that clashes with the body. A feeling that's not necessarily bad — sometimes that clash is fun. That's why we love those things, but we need the water and the milk to live. As we worked on Evil Urges, our last album, we strove to make the experience fizzy and jarring and disorienting, and hopefully in a way that was fun for the listener. But as life goes on and changes you, you change the music you make. As we were working on this new album, Circuital, I felt in my body and mind that its molecules were more easily absorbed in a natural and nourishing way. And hopefully, it will feel the same way to you as you listen.

How do you feel "Circuital" fits into My Morning Jacket's catalog? Do you hope the song is indicative of the rest of the album?

While you're compiling your thoughts, download five free live tracks from MMJ.

In October, MMJ spun through its discography at New York City's Terminal 5 during a five-night stint. Each evening, the group played a full record, starting with The Tennessee Fire and ending with Evil Urges. For the past six weeks, the band has been offering a free download of a live track from each show. We've compiled them all here for you below.

And, finally, you can also download "Circuital" in exchange for your email address. The information is at the request of the band, so check the privacy policy for exact terms of use.

Note: To download the songs, click the down arrow ↓ just under the plus sign on the right side of the player.

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