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Of course someone as doggedly prolific as Lortz isn't going to stay inactive for long. The buzzy Brooklyn label Sacred Bones is set to release The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night, the debut album from his new project, Case Studies. World finds Lortz moving away from the twangy, dark garage pop of mid-60s Stones and more towards the lush, shadowy folk-pop Leonard Cohen was making around the same time, with much of the album given over to the same sparse arrangements—acoustic guitar, voice, and a chorus of female backup singers—that Cohen preferred back then.
The album doesn't come out until August 16, but you can hear some Case Studies now. MTV is streaming the country-infused cut "My Silver Hand," Stereogum has the song "Lies" available as a stream or download, My Old Kentucky Blog is offering the track "The Eagle, or the Serpent" in the same fashion, and you can check out a video for the song "Daggers" here, below the jump: