Pure Reason Revolution are pleased to announce their fifth studio album “Above Cirrus” will be released on May 6th, 2022, via InsideOut Music. The is the follow-up to 2020’s “Eupnea”, which was the band’s first record since reuniting in 2019. This time around, Jon Courtney, Chloë Alper & Greg Jong (who returns as a full-time member for the first time since the “Cautionary Tales for the Brave” EP) find themselves adapting to a world that is radically changing before their eyes, and on this new record, exorcising the isolation and uncertainty in search of something greater.
On “Above Cirrus”, the band continues many of the musical through lines that fans have come to expect; maintaining a balance between somber reflection and intrepid exploration, leading listeners through a shapeshifting collection of seven tracks that evoke a range of emotions.
On the songs “Our Prism’ and “New Kind of Evil”, the energy reaches magnificent heights of guitar-led catharsis, rivaling the best efforts of acts like Tool and Filter, while offerings in “Lucid” and “Dead Butterfly” meld the group’s keyboard-centric song-structures with vast, epic soundscapes. But, unlike its predecessor, “Above Cirrus” is far from a narrative driven concept record. As Jon confides, each song, while fueled by his personal journeys and the condition of modern times, is truly its own device.
Reflecting on the lyricism of the record, Jon adds:
“Often my writing occupies itself with relationships; how we can be so tender/loving with each other in one instance, days later or even in a few flashes we’re tearing each other apart. The sublime & the savage/vicious. The music reflects this light & shade dynamic shift too. Our world shrinks through lockdowns/restrictions & strain is intensified. However, the end message is one of optimism – affirmation we’ll get to the end of this surreal chapter & be stronger together. Through the turbulence, we’ll help each other through the darkness”.
Watch the video of the album’s first single, the epic 9 minute track “New Kind of Evil” below.
“Above Cirrus” sees PRR reaching ever deeper into the atmospheric, cinematic psych-prog compositions that made the band’s name.
The album will be released as Limited CD, Gatefold LP+CD & as Digital Download, featuring beautiful cover artwork by artist Jill Tegan Doherty, who previously created the cover for “Eupnea”.
Pre-order “Above Cirrus” here.
1. Our Prism (3:30)
2. New Kind of Evil (8:31)
3. Phantoms (3:30)
4. Cruel Deliverance (5:48)
5. Scream Sideways (10:05)
6. Dead Butterfly (6:49)
7. Lucid (6:58)