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Stream the New Baroness Song “Chlorine and Wine” from Their Forthcoming Album Purple

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Baroness Purple teaserLo and behold! As the band hinted at earlier this week, Baroness’ next album will be called Purple, in keeping with their theme of records named after colors. A press release just dropped by carrier pigeon at the MetalSucks Mansions tells us the album will land December 18th via the band’s own newly formed label, Abraxan Hymns, and the above teaser image of the album art was provided along with.

And there’s a new song to go along with that announcement! It’s called “Chlorine and Wine” and you can stream it below.

Knee-jerk first listen reaction: Purple is going to continue the band’s trajectory away from metal and into lighter, more hard rock (if you could even call it that) territory. Not that we have any problem with that whatsoever: Yellow and Green was absolutely FANTASTIC, the band’s best work yet, and if Purple sees them further refining the sound they forged on that incredible double-disc affair we’re A-OK with it.

Purple, of course, will be the band’s first crack at new music since the horrific bus crash in the UK three summers ago. We’d be shocked if that incident didn’t heavily inspire at least some of the music on Purple.

Here’s John Baizley on the new album, which was produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT) at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York:

After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes.  As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.”

Pre-order packages for Purple, which feature an instant download of “Chlorine & Wine” as well as a limited edition colored vinyl version of the new album, two picture discs, t-shirts and other unique items, are available now here, on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Purple track list:

1.    Morningstar
2.    Shock Me
3.    Try to Disappear
4.    Kerosene
5.    Fugue
6.    Chlorine & Wine
7.    The Iron Bell
8.    Desperation Burns
9.    If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)
10. Crossroads of Infinity

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