M. Ward will soon be back with his 10th solo album Migration Stories, which will be out April 3 via Anti Records. He made the record in Montreal with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry, and producer/mixer Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine), and describes it as “11 largely instrumental ballads — a sci-fi fast-forward to a more silent night many generations from here to a maybe-era where movement is free again.” The first single and opening track “Migration of Souls” fits right in with his description, and is a typically intimate-sounding production with dreamy sax helping things float along. You can listen to that below.
You can catch M. Ward on his spring North American tour, including NYC-area stops at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall on April 19 and Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom on April 22. Tickets for both those shows are on sale now.
Before that tour, though, M Ward and Zooey Deschanel will be teaming up for the She & Him Christmas tour, which begins in Philly on Wednesday (12/4) and hits Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on Friday (12/6) (tickets).
All M Ward dates are listed, along with album art and tracklist, below.
Migration Stories tracklist:
1. Migration Of Souls
2. Heaven’s Nail and Hammer
3. Coyote Mary’s Traveling Show
4. Independent Man
5. Stevens’ Snow Man
6. Unreal City
7. Real Silence
8. Along the Santa Fe Trail
9. Chamber Music
11. Rio Drone
M. Ward – 2020 Tour Dates:
04/17/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/18/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
04/19/20 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
04/22/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/24/20 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
04/26/20 – Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
04/28/20 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
04/29/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
05/01/20 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
05/02/20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
05/03/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/14/20 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
05/16/20 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
05/17/20 – Tacoma, WA @ Elks Temple
05/19/20 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Redwood Barn
05/20/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
05/22/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater