Elastic Days

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Elastic Days
J Mascis - Elastic Days.png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
StudioBisquiteen Studio
Length41:00
Label Sub Pop
Producer J Mascis
J Mascis chronology
Tied to a Star
(2014)
Elastic Days
(2018)
Singles from Elastic Days
  1. "See You at the Movies"
    Released: August 21, 2018 [1]
  2. "Everything She Said"
    Released: September 18, 2018 [2]
  3. "Web So Dense"
    Released: October 16, 2018 [3]

Elastic Days is the third solo studio album by Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis. It was released through Sub Pop Records on November 9, 2018. [4] [5] [6]

Contents

Release

On August 21, 2018, Mascis announced the release of his new album, along with the first single "See You At The Movies". [1] The second single "Everything She Said" was released on September 18, 2018. [7] [2] The third single "Web So Dense" was released on October 16, 2018. [3]

Production

The album was recorded at Mascis' Bisquiteen Studio in Amherst, Massachusetts, and features vocal contributions by Pall Jenkins, Mark Mulcahy and Zoë Randell. [8]

Tour

In support of the album, Mascis went on a North American tour, starting on November 7, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia and finished on December 15, 2018 in Portland, Maine. [9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 75/100 [10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [11]
Clash 8/10 [12]
DIY Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 [14]
Exclaim! 8/10 [15]
The Line of Best Fit 7.5/10 [16]
Loud and Quiet 6/10 [17]
MusicOMH Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [18]
Paste 8.3/10 [19]
Pitchfork 7.3/10 [20]

Elastic Days was met with "generally favorable" reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, this release received an average score of 75, based on 17 reviews. [10] Aggregator Album of the Year gave the release a 75 out of 100 based on a critical consensus of 21 reviews. [21]

Mark Deming from AllMusic explained that Mascis' vocals on the album sound "more lucid, better focused and more conscious of what he has to say; the performances have a depth of feeling he doesn't always reveal in Dinosaur Jr.." [11]

Track listing

All tracks are written by J Mascis.

No.TitleLength
1."See You at the Movies"3:22
2."Web So Dense"3:36
3."I Went Dust"3:48
4."Sky Is All We Had"3:06
5."Picking Out the Seeds"3:26
6."Give It Off"2:50
7."Drop Me"3:50
8."Cut Stranger"3:24
9."Elastic Days"3:32
10."Sometimes"3:34
11."Wanted You Around"3:30
12."Everything She Said"3:30
Total length:41:00
Japan deluxe version [22]
No.TitleLength
13."Say It On"3:43

Personnel

Charts

Chart performance for Elastic Days
Chart (2018)Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [23] 78
US Billboard 200 [24] 63
US Top Album Sales (Billboard) [25] 63
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [26] 11
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard) [27] 10

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