Pearl Jam’s new album, Gigaton, takes its title from the measurement for the melting of polar ice caps. And the band brings its concerns about the earth to the forefront on the newly-released third single from the album: “Quick Escape.”
Over a heavy groove reminiscent of “Kashmir” and in between howling guitar accents, Eddie Vedder sings some of his most artful lyrics yet: “And here we are, the red planet; craters across the skyline; a sleep sack in a bivouac; and a Kerouac sense of time; and we think about the old days; of green grass, sky and red wine; should have known, so fragile; and avoided this one-way flight.”
Guitarist Stone Gossard promised a mix of influences on Gigaton, and the first three singles are the proof – each setting a different mood. “Dance of the Clairvoyants” gives off a Talking Heads vibe. “Superblood Wolfmoon” is built on the punk feel Pearl Jam went back to for its most recent albums. And now on “Quick Escape,” the band draws on some of the classic rock influences they incorporated in their early days.
“[Vedder] did such a great job of bringing everybody’s personalities out,” Gossard said of Gigaton. “It was probably different than any of us would’ve made individually, but it really captures, I think, the spirit of the band.”
Gigaton will be available everywhere on Friday. It’s Pearl Jam’s 11th studio album and first since 2013’s Lightning Bolt. The band has set up a hotline that fans can call to get 30 second previews of all 12 tracks. Check it out here.