"The world can be a real mean place / and no one's got your back," Mark Everett of Eels
mourns solipsistically on his third track to be released this year, "Premonition". Mostly acoustic, this is a love song, or maybe a death song, or both. Backed by haunting, choir-like vocals, Everett sings laconically to his lover that "you and I can really live, much more than survive", even if you don't quite believe him.
The last two singles released in the past calendar year, "The Deconstruction" and "Today is the Day", fall both in line and opposite with "Premonition". "The Deconstruction" is more complex than "Premonition" but still achingly sad, in a confused way of lyrics that don't quite belie the emotion behind the voice, while "Today is the Day" is a punchy upbeat indie rock tune with a cheery hook and tapped-out keyboards. His first LP in four years and the follow up to his previous album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
, The Deconstruction
, is set to drop on April 6th. If these tracks are any indication of how it will be, get ready for some highs and some lows.