Pearl Jam continues the build up to “Lightning Bolt” today with the premiere of the album’s second single, “Sirens,” via its SiriusXM radio station and iTunes along with an official video posted to its YouTube channel.
A marked contrast to the hard-driving sounds of first single “Mind Your Manners,” new song “Sirens” is a soaring bittersweet love song led by Eddie Vedder’s front-and-center baritone and a wistful acoustic Mike McCready guitar line that builds into a full-band swell before wrapping up with Vedder repeating, “the fear goes away.”
The “Sirens” video, like the clip for “Mind Your Mannners” released in August, was directed by Danny Clinch. The new video shows the band, starkly lit, performing the song.
“Lightning Bolt” producer Brendan O’Brien, who has also worked the band on many of its albums, recently told Billboard that Vedder “sings his ass off on this record,” particularly on “Sirens,” which he calls “one of the best songs they’ve ever written.”
“Sirens” arrives today (Sept. 18) ahead of Pearl Jam’s new album, “Lightning Bolt,” due Oct. 15. The band will also head out on the road next month, kicking off its fall North American arena tour in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11.