Rock act Mercury Rev will return next year with a new V2 album, “The Secret Migration.” In an unusual move, the 13-track set will be available Jan. 25 in digital form exclusively via Apple’s iTunes Music Store, but won’t hit traditional retail outlets in North America until late April. In Europe and England, it will be released Jan. 24.
The piano-and-string laden first single “Secret for a Song” is available for paid download via the band’s official Web site, which is also offering ringtones of that track and the new songs “Across Your Ocean” and “Diamonds.”
Produced by longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann, “The Secret Migration” is sure to delight fans of Mercury Rev’s wide screen, psychedelia-tinged rock, offering more of a hopeful outlook than some of the darker material on 2001’s “All Is Dream.” Highlights include the propulsive, shimmering “Vermillion” and the exhilarating “Arise,” dashed with Fridmann’s flair for sonic detail.
Mercury Rev is in the midst of a European tour that includes support slots with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and a handful of headlining dates. As previously reported, the group will also perform at the Shellac-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in the U.K. on Dec. 4. A seven-date U.K. tour will begin March 5 in Newcastle.