M. Ward Travels to Quebec and Gets Arcade Fire Members for New Album 'Migration Stories'
He'll play Toronto on an upcoming North American Tour
Published Dec 03, 2019M. Ward — known to many as the Him in She & Him — has announced plans for his latest solo album. The record is called Migration Stories, and it is due out on April 3 via Anti-.
The album was recorded in Quebec at Arcade Fire's studio, and it features contributions and production work from band members Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry, as well as engineer/mixer Craig Silvey (The Suburbs, Reflektor, Everything Now) and Teddy Impakt.
The new 11-song collection was inspired by stories of movement and migration, drawing from newspapers, TV, friends and Ward's own family history.
"Some time went by, the stories wove together and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism," Ward said in a statement. "I think music subconsciously — whether writing or listening — is a filter for me. Helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from. Some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies — visualizing change to wish something into being. Those records inspired this one."
See the full tracklisting for Migration Stories below, and stream the first single "Migration of Souls."
You can also find Ward's upcoming tour dates below, including a sole Canadian date in Toronto on April 29.
1. Migration of Souls
2. Heaven's Nail and Hammer
3. Coyote Mary's Traveling Show
4. Independent Man
5. Stevens' Snow Man
6. Unreal City
7. Real Silence
8. Along the Santa Fe Trail
9. Chamber Music
11. Rio Drone
04/17 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04/18 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
04/19 Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall
04/22 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04/24 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
04/26 Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
04/28 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
04/29 Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
05/01 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
05/02 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
05/03 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05/14 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
05/16 Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre
05/17 Tacoma, WA - Elks Temple
05/19 Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery - Redwood Barn
05/20 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
05/22 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater