Tesseract return with new single, album details and tour dates

Tesseract (Image credit: Steve Brown)

Tesseract have announced that their new studio album will launch later this year.

It’s titled Sonder and it’s set to arrive on April 20 via Kscope. And to mark the news, the band have released the first material from the follow-up to 2015’s Polaris – the single Luminary.

Vocalist Daniel Tompkins describes the record as “conceptually exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme and meaning behind Sonder. Also featured is an extended and re-worked version of last summer’s single Smile.”

Sonder will be released on CD, LP, clear vinyl, picture disc and via digital platforms, while a 2CD version will come with a binaural album bonus disc, which will provide a 360-listening experience specifically designed for headphones.

Bassist Amos Williams says: “The concept is to push past the restrictions of a stereo headphone mix and create an accurate 3D space in which positioning outside of the normal left/right axis can occur.

“This is something that every artist that uses in-ear monitors on stage wishes to recreate – the real and accurate positioning of instruments. We immediately felt that this technology could be applicable to us in the studio.

“Tesseract loves to bring what it does in the studio to the stage, but this time it’s experimenting with bringing a live element to the studio.”

The band have also announced a North American tour which will take place throughout April and May – and they’ll be joined on the road by Plini and Astronoid.

Williams adds: “North America is where Tesseract first took off and is always the leg of the album cycle that holds the most sentiment to me. There are a lot of good memories made and good friends discovered along those long and bumpy roads.

“It’s going to be a fun tour for us, especially as we’ve got a bunch of new tunes to add to the set!”

Find a full list of Tesseract’s 2018 tour dates below, along with the Sonder tracklist and cover art.

Sonder is now available for pre-order.

Main picture: Steve Brown

Tesseract Sonder tracklist

  1. Luminary
  2. King
  3. Orbital
  4. Juno
  5. Beneath My Skin
  6. Mirror Image
  7. Smile
  8. The Arrow

Tesseract 2018 tour dates

Apr 19: Boston Paradise Rock Club, MA
Apr 20: Philadelphia TLA, PA
Apr 21: Baltimore Baltimore Sound Stage, MD
Apr 22: Greensboro Arizona Pete’s, NC
Apr 24: Tampa Orpheum, FL
Apr 25: Atlanta Masquerade, GA
Apr 27: Dallas Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, TX
Apr 28: Houston White Oak Music Hall, TX
Apr 29: San Antonio Alamo City Music Hall, TX
May 01: Albuquerque Sunshine Theater, NM
May 02: Phoenix Club Red, AZ
May 03: Los Angeles Regent, CA
May 04: San Diego House Of Blues, CA
May 05: Berkeley The UC Theatre, CA
May 07: Portland Hawthorne Theatre, OR
May 08: Seattle El Corazon, WA
May 09: Vancouver Rickshaw Theater, BC
May 11: Edmonton Starlite, AB
May 12: Calgary Marquee, AB
May 14: Salt Lake City The Complex, UT
May 15: Denver Summit, CO
May 16: Lawrence Granada, KS
May 18: Minneapolis Skyway, MN
May 19: Chicago Metro, IL
May 20: Detroit Majestic, MI
May 22: Toronto Opera House, ON
May 23: Montreal Club Soda, QC
May 24: New York Irving Plaza, NY
Jun 08: Donington Download Festival, UK
Jun 22-24: Dessel Graspop Festival, Belgium
Jun 22-24: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 28-30: Madrid Download Festival, Spain

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