We don’t get to talk about Pelican very much, because they’re not hugely active or prolific, but personally I hold them in very high regard, so the news that they are to release a new EP in April is very welcome.

Entitled Ataraxia/Taraxis, the four-track release will no doubt evince the ambient yet crushing atmospheres they are wont to create. Each track was also recorded in a different place, with engineer duties handled by two different people – Sanford Parker, a legendary Chicago producer and member of Buried at Sea and Minsk, who has worked with the likes of Twilight and Nachtmystium, and Aaron Harris (ex-ISIS) – which are as follows:

01. Ataraxia
02. Lathe Biosas
03. Parasite Colony
04. Taraxis

Ataraxia/Taraxis will be with us on April 10th through Southern Lord. In support, Pelican will be heading out on a two-week run of dates in Europe and the UK:

4/06/2012 Dunk! Festival – Zottegem, BE

4/07/2012 The Garage – London, UK w/ Chelsea Wolfe

4/08/2012 Vudu Club – Birmingham, UK w/ Chelsea Wolfe

4/09/2012 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

4/10/2012 Stereo – Glasgow, UK

4/11/2012 The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK

4/12/2012 The Haunt – Brighton, UK

4/13/2012 The Cooler – Bristol, UK

4/14/2012 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, Netherlands

4/15/2012 La Maronquinerie – Paris, France

4/16/2012 Jubez – Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Tombs

4/17/2012 Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland

4/18/2012 Magnolia – Milan, Italy

4/19/2012 Feierwerk – Munich, Germany w/ Tombs

4/20/2012 Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany w/ Tombs

4/21/2012 Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland

As one of the few post-metal bands that truly prick up my ears, and particularly in the absence of contemporaries ISIS, I’m pretty stoked for this one. Keep an eye out for my review closer to the time.

– CG

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