Today Dark Tea returns with a new track + video and announce their 2nd self titled album out April 30th on Fire Talk. While much of the art of this time is focused on the inescapable present, Dark Tea sets out to do the opposite: create an escape from the din and set up camp until the sun comes up. The 2nd record from the transmutational band kicks off with pedal steel, bar room piano, and emotionally direct lyrics that take the listener along the hero’s journey, from the abyss all the way through atonement. The writing and recording of Dark Tea took more of a collaborative approach this time around, as the record features over 20 musicians, and was recorded in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Mostly split between sessions with Matt Barrick ( The Walkmen, Muzz) and NYC Punk icon Sasha Stroud, a veteran of the punk scene in New York. Stroud’s massive and spacious recording space give the recordings a life of their own, with her technical mastery captured the sound of a live band at its peak. Lush production, expanded arrangements and at the record’s core, ring leader Gary Canino’s raw and expansive songwriting. “Dark Tea” is a dusty exploration of the internal backed by your favorite rock and roll band capturing the wavering perception of time and the impermanence of love. It might occur to you this could be a long strange trip of a record, you’d be right.

Described by The FADER as "rich and wide open" Dark Tea has seen praise by outlets like UPROXX, Brooklyn Vegan, Post Trash, Ears to Feed and more.

Today, the band are announcing their second full length album and sharing the album's rollicking lead single "Highway Mile."

WATCH: Dark Tea's "Highway Mile" video on YouTube

First single “Highway Mile” is equal parts introspection and nostalgia, and a distillation of the album’s strengths. Recorded and mixed by Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Muzz), the arrangement features Bacharach influenced trumpets, a guitar solo indebted to Maurice Deebank, and a elegant drum performance by Barrick. Guitarist and singer Gary Canino sings “I’d walk over a Highway Mile just to get to you,” and by the track’s conclusion, you’re walking right there with him.

Gary Canino on the track "Highway Mile was born from a memory of walking on Long Island in 2007, truly a land of no sidewalks. With that starting point in mind, the second verse cancels out the past by evoking the present day. Some of those old feelings never really go away...”

Dark Tea's sophomore self-titled debut will be released on Fire Talk on April 30th. It is available for preorder here.

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