North Carolina's favorite folk-rockers the Avett Brothers have unveiled an autumnal surprise for fans: A brand new album called Magpie and the Dandelion, out October 15.
This new effort was actually written last year. In a letter penned by the brother-fronted band, they explained that while working on 2012's The Carpenter they "were so inspired that we wrote another record as well."
Magpie and the Dandelion was produced by Rick Rubin, who also handled production duties on The Carpenter. This will be the eighth album from the Avett Brothers in 11 years.
The A-Bros. explained the curious title of this new effort. "If you think about a magpie, it's a bird from the crow family," they wrote. "They've got this strange grace. And we all know what a dandelion is. It reminds you of being a kid and watching a flower come apart on a summer day. There's a youthful wonder in that. Those kinds of feelings live and breathe inside this album."
So there you go—it sounds like pretty crows and dying dandelions. For a taste of whatever that means, you can stream a new tune called "Another Is Waiting" at NPR.