The New Pornographers Announce New Album, Share First Single “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”

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Janice Headley
photo by Ebru Yildiz

The New Pornographers have announced the release of their eighth studio album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, which will be out September 27th via their own label Collected Work in partnership with Concord.

Hear the album's first single, “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”, below. In a press release, collective mastermind A.C. Newman gives more background: 

“There are so many songs like ‘the something of love’ — you know, there’s ‘The Book of Love,’ ‘The Freeway of Love’…. Then I thought of ‘falling down the stairs of your love,’ and I thought, that kind of works. I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people’s relationships, and you’re trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn.”

“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs. The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver,’ and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that's good — people might think it’s a concept album.’”

In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights:

01 You’ll Need A Backseat Driver
02 The Surprise Knock
03 Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
04 Colossus Of Rhodes
05 Higher Beams
06 Dreamlike And On The Rush
07 You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going
08 Need Some Giants
09 Opening Ceremony
10 One Kind Of Solomon
11 Leather On The Seat

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