Like A 'Cloud' Dropping Rain

Hot on the heels of a rarities/covers/live album release in February, Hem will unveil its newest studio set, "Funnel Cloud," this week via Waveland.

Hot on the heels of a rarities/covers/live album release in February, Hem will unveil its newest studio set, "Funnel Cloud," this week via Waveland. Joined by a 21-piece orchestra, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and vocalist Amy Helm, the Brooklyn-based outfit produced the effort itself amidst finalizing and releasing "No Word From Tom" earlier this year.

"The 'Tom' record was like a record that could represent what the band is, up until now. Those are the old songs," vocalist Sally Ellyson says.

There are a number of decidedly more rock-leaning songs than usual on the 14-track set. "It's a very lush, and it grew in this organic way," says multi-instrumentalist Dan Meese. "It's really very intimate, even though we challenged our ranges musically. But we just stopped recording at 14 songs even though we had tons of stuff we could have kept going on."