Everything We Know About Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s New Album, ‘Reunions’
Jason Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit, have new music coming soon. This spring, fans will be able to get their hands on a brand-new album from the band, their first since 2017.
Those who follow the singer-songwriter on social media know that Isbell was teasing new music for months before revealing his plans officially. It was on the morning of Feb. 10, quietly, that more details arrived.
Read on for everything we know about the new stuff from Isbell and the 400 Unit.
Isbell and the 400 Unit's new album is titled Reunions.
The Release Date
Reunions is due out on May 15, and is available to pre-order and pre-save via a number of platforms. Those who purchased the album, either on vinyl or CD, via an independent record store received their copies one week early, on May 8.
The Record Label
Isbell's new album is due out via Southeastern Records, the artist's own label. Southeastern Records has distributed Isbell's three most recent albums.
Isbell and his band once again worked with Dave Cobb as their producer. Cobb has produced Isbell's three most recent albums.
The Album Cover
The Reunions cover artwork features a man standing alone on the horizon, looking off into a vast, gray sky. Isbell and his band's name, as well as the album's title, are near the top of the image, the latter in a curly, trippy font.
Isbell dropped "Be Afraid" on Feb. 10, after warning fans a few days prior via social media that he had something up his sleeve. An ominous guitar riff and slightly echoing, distorted vocals characterize the song, in which Isbell seems to be addressing himself as well as fans, his lyrics doubling as both a cautionary tale and a reminder.
"If your words add up to nothing," Isbell sings in a third verse, "then you're making a choice to sing a cover when you need a battle cry."
Reunions will contain 10 songs. Fans who have seen Isbell live recently have been able to hear "Overseas," the record's fourth track, and Isbell has, in advance of the record's release, shared a handful of other new songs.
“There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself," Isbell says in a press release. "I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write 15 years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Reunions Track List:
Shortly after announcing their plans to put out a new album, Isbell and the 400 Unit unveiled a lengthy list of tour dates for 2020. However, those plans are on hold currently due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has forced the temporary banning of mass gatherings.
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