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Cass McCombs Shares "Estrella" Off 'Tip of the Sphere'
Monday, December 10th, 2018

Cass McCombs Shares "Estrella" Off 'Tip of the Sphere'

Today, Cass McCombs shares “Estrella,” a new song off of his ninth full-length album, Tip of the Sphere, due February 8th via ANTI- Records.

Following lead single, “Sleeping Volcanoes,” “Estrella” presents a dreamy narrative, woven with McComb’s strong apt for storytelling and wonder of words, music, and dreams. In this tribute to the renowned Latino artist Juan Gabriel, he sings “I was roused and aroused // only you can rouse me in that way // like music, language was blown out // like pulling down the sea // like plunging into the stars // Estrella.”

Last month, while in Utrecht playing the Le Guess Who? Festival, McCombs filmed performances of both “Estrella” and “Sleeping Volcanoes” with La Blogotheque at the Dutch National Railway Museum. Filmed in different rooms with alternate setups, the recordings feature McCombs on electric guitar backed by a simple but striking piano and upright bass accompaniment.

Tip of the Sphere follows 2016’s Mangy Love, for which McCombs made his television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and was featured in The New York Times. They called him “one of the greatest songwriters of his time.” As McCombs’ most critically praised album, it was named a “Best Rock Album of the Year” by Pitchfork, featured in the Washington Post’s “Best Music of 2016,” amongst many others.

McCombs took a different approach for recording Tip of the Sphere than previous endeavors, instead recording swiftly and with a sense of purpose at Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 studios in Brooklyn. As a result, a confidence emerged that heightens McComb’s sound - the rock songs have more fervor and the ballads are more beautiful; the sounds of jazz and Latin music creep in through the back window. Engineered by Sam Owens (aka Sam Evian), Tip of the Sphere features the core band of McCombs (guitar, vocals), Dan Horne (co-producer, bass), Otto Hauser (drums) and Frank LoCrasto (piano, organ, and more), plus a range of guests.

McCombs will tour North America next spring. Several new dates have been added to the previously announced tour. Tickets for the newly announced shows will be on s ale December 13 at  noon local time at

Listen To “Estrella” -

Watch the La Blogotheque Session -

"Sleeping Volcanoes" -

"Estrella" -

Listen To “Sleeping Volcanoes” -

Praise for “Sleeping Volcanoes”:

“a masterful, nimble, rumbling thing” - Noisey

“The inscrutable troubadour poses another set of sumptuous riddles on his terrific Mangy Love follow-up.” – Uncut

“It’s a song that spins out with the meditative grace and quiet hypnotism that has

long marked his songwriting" - Uproxx

“Bass trudges through a haze of guitar and bent notes twanging off into infinity while McCombs tries to make sense of the emotional turmoil everyone he passes on the street seems to be going through.” - Consequence of Sound

“McCombs has always had a way with rambling, his husky, troubadour-ish voice making even his most aimless songs feel compelling.” - Paste

Watch Tip of the Sphere Teaser –

Pre-order Tip of the Sphere

Cass McCombs Tour Dates:

Mon. March 4 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage *

Tue. March 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *

Thu. March 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Murrmr

Fri. March 8 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *

Sat. March 9 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *

Mon. March 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Horsehoe *

Tue. March 12 – Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland *

Thu. March  14 – Nashville, TN @ The Exit-In *

Fri. March 15 - Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi *

Sat. March 16 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *

Sun. March 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ The BackRoom at Collectivo *

Mon. March 18 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *

Wed. March 20 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre

Sat. March 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room

Tue. March 26 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Wed. March 27 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

Fri. March 29 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

Sat. March 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Thu. April 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s

Fri. April 5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

* = with Sam Evian          

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