Hum Just Surprise-Released Their First New Album Since 1998, Inlet
Alternative rock / dream-pop-metal outfit Hum are one of those bands whose legend only grew after they disbanded. Their most recent album, Downward Is Heavenward, came out in 1998 — they broke up two years later — but it’s their 1995 release, You’d Prefer an Astronaut, which has become a bonafide classic in the years since, its dreamy, spacey melodies juxtaposed with fuzzed out, bone-crunching distortion.
Hum have reunited for a few select shows in the two decades since, but things started to heat up when the band hinted at a new album following a reissue of Downward is Heavenward. Updates were few and far between, still… until earlier this morning, when — boom! — new album, Inlet. Just like that! 22 years of waiting has ended. Take that, Tool!
The band posted the album on Bandcamp and issued the following message:
“Hum is happy to announce the release of our new album, Inlet. Vinyl (180g double LP), CD, and shirt bundles are available for immediate pre-order via polyvinylrecords.com/store/hum_inlet, with all pre-orders including a free digital download.
“The record is also available for consumption at http://humband.bandcamp.com and will ripple out to all digital platforms within the week.
“Vinyl manufacturing has been delayed a bit due to Covid. We are hoping we can ship late Summer. We’ll keep you posted. The band is extremely thankful for the kindness we have received over the years, and we hope everybody is healthy and well!”
I’m jamming it for the first time right now along with you, but so far I like what I’m hearing — the production/mixing sounds fantastic, and the songs have hooks! Jam it: