Dinosaur Jr. have returned with their first new album in five years, Sweep It Into Space.
After defining ’90s alt-rock, J Mascis and co. delivered one of their best albums with 2012’s I Bet on Sky, and offered up some riff-heavy grunge anthems on 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. Now, Dinosaur Jr. have shared their breeziest album yet with Sweep It Into Space, which was created with co-producer Kurt Vile and then completed by Mascis during last year’s quarantine.
The trio deliver everything from power-pop anthems on “And Me” to their quintessential fiery solos on “I Met the Stones” and “Hide Another Round,” while still exploring some new sonic territory with Vile offering his own sound to the mix. Get ready for 12 guitar-powered tracks that weave in and out of grungy, sludgy lines and jangly riffs.
Stream Sweep It Into Space below.
Mascis explains that, after being unable to complete the album with Vile due to COVID-19, he ended up “mimicking a few things” Vile had began.
“I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin lead sound,” Mascis continues. “But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. When the lockdown happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.”