|Heartour's Jason Young by Dillon G. Artzer|
It's been 9 years since Jason Young released his last album as Heartour. During that time, Young's other project, Los Angeles indie-pop band The Ruse, toured the world with Muse. When The Ruse decided to go on hiatus, Young felt the time was right to take a break from the more rock and roll stylings of his day job and get back to his solo project. The result is Heartour's forthcoming fifth studio album R U IN, which is due out on May 22nd. Today, Heartour gives us a glimpse into that record with the premiere of "Brain," which will be available this coming Monday, April 13th.
"Brain" was mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Metric, Beck); and, when I first heard the song, I was drawn to its glistening 80s synth-pop aesthetic. Given how much time I've been spending with those sounds lately (Heart Bones, Tame Impala), "Brain" hit me at just the right moment, I guess.
That's not the only way in which "Brain" is timely. Young says,"I have had many times in my life where the thoughts in my brain have paralyzed me from getting through normal day to day life." It's a feeling, I think, that many share during these times of anxiety and uncertainty. "Brain" offers up some empathy wrapped in glowing neon.
Give an early listen to "Brain" right here, and look for the song on April 13th via your platform of choice or over at Heartour's Bandcamp page. Heartour's R U IN is due on May 22nd.