I don’t know about you, but I was slightly devastated in 2009 when Copeland announced their break-up. Their first album, Beneath the Medicine Tree, changed my musical pallet my senior year of high school, and each album after that continued to do the same. In slight disbelief, I bought tickets to their farewell tour and hoped they would change their minds.
After almost exactly four years of silence (their final show was April 10, 2010), there was news – on April Fool’s Day, social media revealed they would be reuniting for a fifth album. Conversations with friends all day revolved around this topic: was this a cruel prank or a poorly timed announcement? Luckily for their fans, it’s the latter.
As of April 1st, the band has released the song and video for “Ordinary”, which will be feature on their upcoming reunion album, Ixora, on theirwebsite. Text in the midst of the music video is where the official announcement lives: “We have reunited to make the 5th Copeland album. This will be our first new music in 6 years. Thank you for your support through the years.”
Another note of gratitude to the fans is noted on their website, “The encouraging messages and requests for a new album never stopped after our farewell tour in 2010. We are extremely honored by this and hope you love what we create.”
Unlike their previous albums, this record will be made independent of a label – therefore the funding from the album is coming directly from the pre-orders made on the website. This is essentially a crowd-funding project without the title – but with such a dedicated fan base (who have been anticipating a reunion for years), I have no doubt they’ll be extremely successful in this endeavor.
I’m very much looking forward to more eerie melodies and beautiful piano tunes, which “Ordinary” is already boasting. Even more so, I’m excited to see how these talented musicians have been influenced in the last four years, and plan on wowing us all once again.
The band anticipates Ixora will be released in October.
– Renee Olson