In June, blackgaze trailblazers Deafheaven shocked fans with new song "Great Mass of Color," which saw them backburner the harsh, black-metal portion of their sound to indulge their more gauzy and shoegazing inclinations. Most notably, frontman George Clarke's vocals on the cut are almost entirely cleanly sung, only breaking into his signature screech at the very end. Today (July 8th), the San Francisco band offered up another single, "The Gnashing," and it continues in the vein of its predecessor, exploring soothing, celestial heights that contrast greatly with the song's title.
Both "The Gnashing" and "Great Mass of Color" are set to appear on Deafheaven's forthcoming LP, Infinite Granite, which is due August 20th via Sargent House. Helmed by producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen — best known for his work in the indie-pop sphere with M83, Wolf Alice and Paramore —the album delves into the prettiest and brightest textures of the band's career thus far.
In addition to premiering Infinite Granite's second single, Deafheaven have also announced a 25-date tour. Folloiwng two previously announced shows this October in Berkeley and Los Angeles, California, the tour will kick off in Phoenix on February 22nd, 2022, and wrap at Treefort Music Festival on March 24th making stops in Austin, D.C., Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Toronto, Denver, Seattle and more — see the full itinerary below. Tickets go on sale July 9th at 10 am local time. Visit deafheaven.com for more info.