This week Cymbals Eat Guitars announced their new album, LOSE, as well as shared a new song called “Jackson”. LOSE will be the third album from the New York based rock group and possibly their most emotional release to date. This is because the album is about coping with loss, specifically the loss of frontman Joseph D’Agostino’s friend and collaborator Ben High. Below is a statement from D’Agostino on LOSE:
LOSE is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it’s about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone’s life the way it changed yours. It’s about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That’s the contradiction at the heart of LOSE… You’re disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else “wake up wanting to listen to records.”
As for the song, “Jackson” is a wonderful and powerful return for the band. The piano in the opening of the song is very reminiscent of the guitar from “…And the Hazy Sea” and is a great introduction for those less familiar with Cymbals Eat Guitars, and it only gets better from there. I have only listened to the track a handful of times, but it has already worked its way into my favorite Cymbals Eat Guitars songs. Make sure to catch the full album when it drops this August 26!