Dinosaur Jr. share “Garden” from new album (watch the video)
Dinosaur Jr. have shared a second single, "Garden," from their upcoming album Sweep It Into Space. It's a first for the band -- a Lou song as an album single -- and is a real heart-full anthem, born out of the confusion that was 2020. You may have heard it at the band's socially distanced drive-in shows last fall.
“Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary," Lou says of the song's origin. "Then it happened. It began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: 'Back to the Garden.' I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden. Luckily I was able to complete the vocals and instrumentation for the song just before the quarantine."
The video for the song was directed by Lou and his wife Adelle, shot in a snowy backyard with illustrations by John Moloney and animation by Chloe Hemingway. "There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for 'Garden,'" Lou says. "I wanted to capture the two of us holding hands on a levy overlooking a scenic bend in the Connecticut River (very close to where the first Dinosaur video, 'Little Fury Things,' was filmed!). Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song. So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it! Thanks for watching.”
You can watch the "Garden" video below.
Sweep it Into Space, which was co-produced by Kurt Vile, is out April 23 via Jagjaguwar, and they've made tour plans for the fall.