Conrad Keely, frontman of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, gave Rolling Stone an exclusive preview to his band’s October release, So Divided. Keely recently relocated from Austin to New York, making him the second prominent, Austin indie rock frontman to leave his band behind for another town (Britt Daniel of Spoon moving to Portland, is the other). What will that mean for this brilliant prog-rock band? No one really knows for sure, but here is some of what Rolling Stone has to say about the preview:
Not every song on So Divided leaps from the speakers. “Witches Web” is a restrained country ballad featuring the expressive violin work of Grammy-winner Hilary Hahn and backup vocals by Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls. (She also plays piano on the Beach Boys-style pastiche “Eight Days in Hell”). “Life,” a song partially based on a close relative’s relapse and recovery from alcoholism, is even darker, submerging piano and strings beneath a sea of distorted drums and squealing guitars. And the closing track, “Sunken Dreams,” is mix of spoken word and multi-hued singing that Reece intended as a nod to the Cure.