The Lumineers Announce New Album, Cleopatra, Sharing New Single “Ophelia”

It’s been a long time coming for anything fresh from The Lumineers, the Colorado-native band responsible for the ear worm, “Ho Hey” back in 2012. All nausea aside from their commercially successful track, their self-titled debut album is just as listenable in 2016 as it was in 2012. That album sold almost 2 million records in the U.S., and over 3 million worldwide, peaking at #2 on the Billboard charts, spending almost an entire year in the Top 200. The group also earned two Grammy Award nominations, got a playlist shoutout from Barack Obama, and toured six continents over the course of three years. Just typing that made me exhausted.

The trio has shared the first single, “Ophelia” from the upcoming release, Cleopatra, due out April 8th via DualTone. The track is a true-to-form Lumineers single – although only running 2 minutes and 40 seconds, lead singer Wesley Schultz’s voice is still just as pleasantly rough, gliding over the piano-lead track, with bright staccato piano keys driving the chorus. The-Lumineers-Cleopatra

Cleopatra was recorded in rural New York, not far from Woodstock, with help from producer Simone Felice, who worked with Americana/Folk staples The Felice Brothers and Avett Brothers. Schultz worked primarily on developing lyrical elements, while collaborating on the music with multi-instrumentalist member Jeremiah Fraites, who contributed on the band’s trademark guitar, piano and simplistic “tribal” drums.

Says Wesley:

“The record is our greatest hits reflecting what’s happened to us over the last three years. We tried to come up with the best possible version of every song, so we recorded a lot of different iterations, changing the tempos, dressing ’em up, stripping ’em down. It took a lot of work to make them sound so easy. We’re very passionate about the process.  It was a very intense and beautiful experience. There was a lot of battling, a lot of tears, but some amazing stuff came out, and at the end, we were much better off.  It transformed our relationship.”

The true fans of The Lumineers have had to showcase a fair amount of patience as they awaited the next full length release from the group, but if “Ophelia” is any hint, the band will pick up right where they left off with their self-titled debut.

The band has shared the track list for Cleopatra (available for pre-order here), and announced the first leg of their world tour, which is set to begin in the U.K. the week after the album is released on April 14th. The band will make their return to Milwaukee on June 15th, slated to play The Riverside Theater – at least for now; Milwaukee fans will remember being in the heart of the hype, when the band’s first Milwaukee appearance sold out Turner Hall Ballroom, moved to Pabst Theater, and then moved again to the Riverside Theater after selling out The Pabst. Pre-sale tickets for their June 15th show have sold out, but the general on sale begins Friday, February 12th… so don’t sleep on this one.

The Lumineers – Cleopatra World Tour Dates

14 Apr             Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
15 Apr             Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
18 Apr             Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre
19 Apr             Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
23 Apr             London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
27 Apr             Paris, France @ Le Trianon
28 Apr             Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
29 Apr             Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
2 May              Cologne, Germany @ E-Werk
4 May              Hamburg, Germany @ Gross Freiheit 36
6 May              Berlin, Germany @ Admiralspalast
8 May              Stockholm, Sweden @ Berns
9 May              Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
10 May            Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
21 May            Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
22 May            Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
25 May            Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
27 May            San Diego, CA @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
28 May            Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
29 May            Napa Valley @ Bottle Rock Festival
31 May            Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1 Jun               Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
3 Jun               Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheater
7 Jun               Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10 Jun             Kansas City, MO @ KC Live! @  Power & Light District
11 Jun             Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
12 Jun             St. Louis, MI @ Peabody Opera House
14 Jun             St. Paul, MN @ Myth
15 Jun             Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
19 Jun             Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
20 July            Gardone Riviera, Italy @ Anfiteatro Del Vittoriale
21 July            Sesto al Reghena, Italy @ Sexto ‘NPlugged
Cleopatra Track List

1. Sleep On The Floor
2. Ophelia
3. Cleopatra
4. Gun Song
5. Angela
6. In The Light
7. Gale Song
8. Long Way From Home
9. Sick In The Head
10.  My Eyes
11.  Patience

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