M. Ward just announced More Rain, a brand new studio album to be released March 4 on Merge Records. The record is Ward's eighth solo release — the first since 2012's A Wasteland Companion — and enlists an impressive list of collaborators, including Neko Case, k.d. lang, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and the Secret Sisters.
“I think one of the biggest mysteries of America right now is this: How are we able to process unending bad news on page one and then go about our lives the way the Style section portrays us?” Ward says in a press release. “There must be a place in our brains that allows us to take a bird’s-eye view of humanity, and I think music is good at helping people — myself included — go to that place."
Ward is also known for his work with Zooey Deschanel (She & Him), his part in the supergroup Monsters of Folk, and his numerous production credits, which include artists from Mavis Staples to Jenny Lewis.