It's their first in eight years

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Mercury Rev have announced details of their new album, The Light In You.

The band’s eighth studio album, it will be released on September 18 with a European to follow.

It’s the first album since 2008’s Snowflake. Speaking about the lengthy gap between albums, Jonathan Donahue said, “It was one of those otherworldly life sequences, when everything you think is solid turns molten. But also, when something is worth saying, it can take a long time to say it, rather than just blurt it out.”

“You can go as deep as you want with the title, on a metaphorical, spiritual level, or just poetic license,” he adds. “It’s the beacon that shines and allows us to see ourselves – and then there’s the music between Grasshopper and I, which is how we reflect each other. The arc of the album, lyrically, is someone who’s gone through an incredible period of turbulence, sadness and uncertainty, and as the album progresses, a light appears on the water.”

The tracklisting for The Light In You is:

‘The Queen Of Swans’
‘Amelie’
‘You’ve Gone With So Little For So Long’
‘Central Park East’
‘Emotional Freefall’
‘Coming Up For Air’
‘Autumn’s In The Air’
‘Are You Ready?’
‘Sunflower’
‘Moth Light’
‘Rainy Day Record’

Mercury Rev will play:

September 18: Tilburg, Netherlands – Incubate Festival
October 04: Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
October 05: Bristol, England – Trinity
November 06: Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Studio 2
November 08: Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Orangerie
November 09: Köln, Germany – Studio 672
November 11: Berlin,Germany – Postbahnhof
November 13: Zagreb, Croatia – Lauba
November 14: Ravenna, Italy – Bronson
November 15: Munich, Germany – Kranhalle
November 16: Paris, France – Alhambra
November 17: Brighton, England – Komedia
November 19: Gateshead, England – The Sage
November 20: Glasgow, Scotland – Art School
November 22: Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
November 23: Manchester, England – RNCM
November 24: London, England – Oval Space

The History Of Rock – a brand new monthly magazine from the makers of Uncut – goes on sale in the UK on July 9. Click here for more details.

Meanwhile, the August 2015 issue of Uncut is in shops on Tuesday, June 23 – featuring David Byrne, Sly & The Family Stone, BB King and the death of the blues, The Monkees, Neil Young, Merle Haggard and more