When I saw Band of Horses back in May at the Scala here in London the boys tested out a few songs from their soon to be released new album. At that time, no one in the venue knew the upcoming album name or song titles, but the audience's reception of the new material was enthusiastic, to say the least.
Turns out that the one new song that got everyone talking after the gig was 'Is There a Ghost'. This super-catchy little ditty was released on the band's myspace a few days ago and it will be the first track (and maybe the first single) on the new album.
'Ode to LRC' was also extremely well-received; check out this clip from a show in June (ignore the video - the sound quality is decent):
This new song is a bit more upbeat than the average BoH tune, and I found myself humming if for days afterwards:
The Horses declared that recording and production for the new album had wrapped at the end of June, and more recently revealed its title (Cease to Begin), cover art (see above), release date (October 9th) and tracklist:
01 Is There a Ghost
02 Ode to LRC
03 No One's Gonna Love You
04 Detlef Schrempf
05 The General Specific
06 Lamb on the Lam (in the city)
07 Islands on the Coast
08 Marry Song
09 Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
10 Window Blues
Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost