The Lumineers just announced the release of their sophomore album Cleopatra via Dualtone, an Entertainment One company, on April 8th. The first leg of their world tour will launch on April 14th in the UK. Their first single, “Ophelia”, can be heard below.
Cleopatra comes four years after the band’s multi-Grammy-nominated, self-titled debut – which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2. The new album is produced by Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Avett Brothers), at Clubhouse, a recording studio in rural Rhinebeck, N.Y., near Woodstock.
“We took the same approach this time as we did with the first album, recording demos in a small house we rented in the original Denver neighborhood where we first moved,” singer Wesley Schultz has explained. The members of the band contributed to the lyrical ideas while collaborating on the music with their drummer Jeremiah Fraites, who takes on a variety of instruments such as guitar, piano and tribal drums.
“The record is our greatest hits reflecting what’s happened to us over the last three years,” added Wesley. “We tried to come up with the best possible version of every song, so we recorded a lot of different iterations, changing the tempos, dressing ’em up, stripping ’em down. It took a lot of work to make them sound so easy. We’re very passionate about the process. It was a very intense and beautiful experience. There was a lot of battling, a lot of tears, but some amazing stuff came out, and at the end, we were much better off. It transformed our relationship.”
Cleopatra World Tour 2016
21 July Sesto al Reghena, Italy @ Sexto ‘NPlugged