La Dispute have dropped two new songs, “Rose Quartz” and “Fulton Street I,” off their fourth studio album, which arrives next year.
The slow-burning tracks will open Panorama, the band’s first album for Epitaph Records. The new LP, a press release noted, filters narrative storytelling through a personal lens, and promises to be heavier and weirder than the post-hardcore group’s previous efforts.
Panorama’s recording process was not without its struggles—with drummer Bradley Vander Lugt now residing in Australia, La Dispute had to block off time to meet in their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan to write and record together.
But after two months and seven tracks, the band, dissatisfied, scrapped all of them and started over. Frontman Jordan Dreyer and producer Will Yip also spent long hours in the studio for Panorama’s final stretch, Dreyer often re-writing lines over and over ’til he was happy with them.
“I spent a lot of time trying to understand why I was having such a motherfucker of a time, and I’m still not entirely sure I’ve arrived at the reason,” Dreyer said in a statement. “Partly, I think, the music required more from me. The parts are more challenging, more outside of the box than the songs on Rooms [of the House] in particular, and I didn’t want to short-change the work and creativity of my bandmates.”
Panorama is out March 22. Watch the poignant animated clip for “Rose Quartz” and “Fulton Street I” below: