"Breaking the yearlings"

"Every song is an exploration of an ineffable emotional state... The music unlocks the way to express something maybe I didn't even know I was thinking about. Over the course of working on a record, there's a complex but immediate emotional state that the whole record comes to embody...
'Animal joy' is our best work! It's less conceptual and very different from the last three albums, though it does still feel like a journey.

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Shearwater - Breaking the yearlings

"Principal players were Jonathan Meiburg (vocals, guitar, and piano), Kimberly Burke (upright and electric bass) and Thor Harris (drums) - all members of Shearwater since 1999 - along with guest performers Andy Stack (of Wye Oak) on guitar, keyboard, and saxophone, Scott Brackett on keyboards, Cully Symington on additional drums, Sam Lipman on clarinet, and Elaine Barber on harp. No strings or glockenspiels were touched during the making of this album."