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Avett Brothers' New Album 'True Sadness' Announced with Heartfelt Open Letter

by Carolyn Menyes   Mar 15, 2016 13:19 PM EDT

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The Avett Brothers are looking to explore True Sadness on their new album. On Monday (March 14), the folk band announced its ninth studio album with a lengthy, heartfelt letter to fans on its official website.

Citing the influence of Queen, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd and Walt Disney, the Avett Brothers noted that True Sadness will be a "patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically."

"Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane, this album draws upon countless resources from its writers and performers. To further propel the expansive color and textural fields of the record, we are blessed to play and perform music with a group of musicians who possess not only great talent, but great interpretive ability. They are an extension of our family and their care for the work at hand (and the project at large) informs a dynamic musical contribution to any piece we proudly give our last name," Seth Avett wrote.

Admitting that music and art can no longer be separated, the Avett Brothers will bring together all of the Avett Brothers' life experiences, from travelling far from home, to rising as a band to marriages, divorces, babies, cancer, new homes and everything in between.

True Sadness is due for release on June 24. According to Consequence of Sound, the record's lead single "Ain't No Man" will be released sometime in "the next few weeks."

A photo posted by @theavettbrothers on Mar 14, 2016 at 9:30am PDT

The Avett Brothers last album, Magpie and the Dandelion, was released on October 2013.

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