Bill Callahan has announced his new album, YTI⅃AƎЯ, which, in case you didn’t guess, is the word “reality” spelled backwards. The project will arrive on digital platforms and CD on October 14th via Drag City, with the vinyl edition releasing next year. He also unveiled a new run of California tour dates (grab your tickets here).
The lo-fi artist’s main collaborators on YTI⅃AƎЯ were Matt Kinsey on guitar, Emmett Kelly on bass/backing vocals, Sarah Ann Phillips on piano/backing vocals, and Jim White on drums. In a statement, Callahan explained the motivation behind the album.
“I wanted to make a record that addressed or reflected the current climate,” he said. “It felt like it was necessary to rouse people — rouse their love, their kindness, their anger, rouse anything in them. Get their senses working again. I guess there was already plenty of anger! But we needed a better anger.”
He continued, “I wanted sounds and words that made you feel and that lifted you up… I went for horns because horns are heralds, triumphs, second line funerals and just breath forced through a metal maze or amusement park slide. And I wanted voices, I wanted multiple voices, not just mine. There is too much of just mine right now. So there are 6 or 7 people singing on this record.”
Pre-orders are ongoing. See the artwork and tracklist below.
To support the album, Callahan will kick off a tour of the UK on November 1st in Bristol, after which he’ll return stateside for a series of California shows in cities like San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.
Callahan’s last album was 2020’s Gold Record. After that, he covered Billie Eilish’s “Wish You Were Gay” with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and The High Llamas’ Sean O’Hagan. The track would later appear on Callahan and Billy’s covers album Blind Date Party alongside their versions of “Blackness of the Night” by Yusuf/Cat Stevens, “OD’d in Denver” by Hank Williams Jr., and Dave Rich’s “I’ve Made Up My Mind.”
01. First Bird
06. Naked Souls
09. Natural Information
10. The Horse
12. Last One at the Party
Bill Callahan 2022 Tour Dates:
11/01 — Bristol, UK @ SWX
11/02 — London, UK @ Roundhouse
11/03 — Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11/05 — Glasgow, UK@ Queen Margaret Union (QMU)
11/06 — Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
11/19 — Sonoma, CA @ Sebastiani Theatre
11/20 — San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
11/21 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
11/22 — Ojai, CA @ Ojai Deer Lodge
11/24 — San Luis Obispo, CA @ The Poetry Church/Guild Hall
11/25 — Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
11/26 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Theater at Ace Hotel