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CEREMONY make their Relapse Records debut with their highly ambitious new album, 'In the Spirit World Now'! The album sees CEREMONY at the height of their creative output, as the always-evolving Rohnert Park quintet take various influences from post punk and rock to create one of the summer's most compelling and infectious records.

"In the Spirit World Now" is full of layered sonic fury and anxiety, each song building up to a point and then descending down through a militant, catchy hook. “Turn Away the Bad Thing” sets the tone, guitars climbing around the driving bass line, as Ross Farrar sings, “It’s getting harder for me to be alright/Eyes adjusting to the dark/The momentum of all these last resorts built inside of me.” Songs like “Presaging the End” and “Calming Water” feel romantic and distressed, while “Further I Was” and “Years of Love” are driven by Farrar’s rebellious energy as he repeats the hook with a deadpan realness. “Years of love can be forgotten/In the hatred of a day.” But the true stand-out is the title track, “In the Spirit World Now”, a haunting pop gem with a sticky chorus and lead synth riff that plants itself in your head as Farrar chants the track’s name over and over like a mantra.

“In the Spirit World Now" is a sort of nebulous and ectoplasmic place where things may not be quite what they seem,” he says. “It means sh*t is about to get weird.” The album marks a milestone for this Northern California punk outfit who have stayed true to themselves as songwriters throughout massive sonic growth throughout their storied career.

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released August 23, 2019

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Track Name: Turn Away the Bad Thing
It’s getting harder for me to be alright
Eyes adjusting to the dark
The momentum of all these last resorts
Built inside of me
I always believed there was a way
To get out of end times
Everything I was or said I am
Breaking inside of me

I hope you’ll think of me one day
But even in my dreams
I wasn’t good to you
I know I’ll fall apart someday
But even in my dreams
I’ve always avoided you

I see a rose and feel disdain
The adoration and boredom of it
All the tired repose that it gives
Dead and meaningless
I don’t wanna be bitter anymore
Bitterness is the sin
I wanna be soft and innocent
Soft as any palm

I hope you’ll think of me one day
But even in my dreams
I wasn’t good to you
I know I’ll fall apart someday
But even in my dreams
I never trusted you

Just got into town
I passed by your house last night
No light
Don’t ever come back to me
Never
I’ve gone my whole life looking for something to love
I can’t find that thing
To love

Please turn away the bad thing
Track Name: In the Spirit World Now
I was told I can leave now
But I just wade in this world
I don’t fear the new day
I just sigh for the old
I love all you people
I love you all
I said it before
But that don’t make me any better
I can’t wait anymore

In the spirit world now

Desire
It’ll never stop
You just go
You escape into the blue room now
There lies
All that you’ve done
Track Name: Presaging The End
Things have never been worse
I try to change my life
But only end up worse
It’s written with a sure hand
But so loath to speak
Another year in its grips
All night and no release

Presaging the end
Then the moon one day over-full
Surrounding me
Surrendering
You’ll always be more alive yesterday
Surrounding me

Beauty
Is to feel
A change in front of you
It comes so quickly
Then it leaves
Quicker than it’s seen
And it’s so bittersweet
That you bend
Around it
That you breathe
Into it
You feel adrift without it
Dying without it

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