Listen to the Civil Wars’ new song, ‘The One That Got Away’
A bit of good news for roots-music fans bummed out by Tuesday’s announcement that Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane had undergone brain surgery: The Civil Wars are back with a new single.
That might surprise you, given that late last year -- following big sales of its 2011 debut, “Barton Hollow”; multiple Grammy Award wins; and a hit collaboration with Taylor Swift from the “Hunger Games” soundtrack -- the duo abruptly canceled a tour, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.”
Yet last month the Civil Wars revealed that they’d completed a new album, and now there’s proof in the form of “The One That Got Away,” the typically dramatic lead single from “The Civil Wars,” due out Aug. 6. According to a statement, the new album was produced by Charlie Peacock, with additional production by Rick Rubin on one track.
Then again, perhaps we shouldn’t get carried away just yet: Judging by “The One That Got Away,” not everything is heirloom peaches and artisanal cream between Joy Williams and John Paul White now. “Oh, I wish I’d never, ever seen your face,” Williams sings over hard-strummed acoustic guitar, “I wish you were the one that got away.” (Listen to the song below.)
And there’s similarly high-flown language in a statement the band released Tuesday morning, in which the new album is described as having been “recorded amidst a grueling touring schedule, exhausting workload and a growing disconnect from their families.”
So maybe we were wrong about the good news?
The complete guide to home viewing
Get Screen Gab for weekly recommendations, analysis, interviews and irreverent discussion of the TV and streaming movies everyone’s talking about.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.