Pearl Jam are officially back.
This week, the band released “Dance of the Clairvoyants”, their first single since 2018 and set to be featured on their upcoming album Gigaton.
On Thursday, lead guitarist Stone Gossard appeared on Apple Music’s Beats 1 to talk with Zane Lowe about the single, the album and their 2020 sound.
“Being able to play new music on tour is great,” Gossard said of the new song. “And we had a good time making this record. It was both up and down, but in the end when we listened to it we really achieved something I think. And I’ve been kind of practising, kind of going over all the songs and it’s going to be fun to play. They all are very playable. I think the whole record will be a lot of fun to kind of touch on everything.”
The musician also talked about the musical experimentation that went into creating the new single.
“I think that ‘Dance Of The Clairvoyants’, if you’ve heard that track, that’s sort of the outer edge of something that we haven’t tried before, a new way of configuring our sort of collaborative talents,” he said. “It’s going to be the variety that our fans will be excited about. There’s definitely some really straight-ahead rock songs. There’s some very spare and very simple ballads. It’s got it all, I think. And it’s really us.”
Gossard also teased that Gigaton will reflect a lot of what’s going on in the world today.
“I don’t want to speak too much about the lyrics because my interpretation of lyrics a lot of times is different than others,” he said. “So I do think that [Eddie Vedder’s] lyrics on this record, in particular, are stunning. His way of describing the world. He’s not going to come out and say exactly in sort of very plain language, maybe what you might think after reading the newspaper. But I think that his mysticism and his way of using words and art and music is a powerful sort of tonic. I think that underlying it all is going to continue to be a hopeful and beautiful, but at times tragic message.”