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Imperial Teen is back from five-year hiatus with new album

It’s been nearly five long years since their last fourth album, “The Hair the TV the Baby and the Band.” But Roddy Bottum’s inventive San Francisco combo Imperial Teen is finally returning with a new fifth set, “Feel The Sound,” out Jan. 31 on hip imprint Merge.

And one track called “Runaway” even features all four members (Bottum, Lynn Perko Truell, Will Schwartz and Jone Stebbins) on lead vocals — no surprise, really, since they’ve been known to frequently switch instruments, as well.

What has keyboardist Bottum been up to in the interim?

Scoring films, it appears — he has three soundtracks under his belt so far: “Adam and Steve,” “What Goes Up” and the great little indie “Kabluey.”

The tracklisting is as follows: “Runaway,” “No Matter What You Say,” “Last to Know,” “Over His Head,” “Hanging About,” “All The Same,” “Don’t Know How You do it,” “Out From The Inside,” “The Hibernates,” “It’s You,” “Overtaken.”

Pre-order the CD or LP now at the Merge store www.mergerecords.com and receive a free limited-edition poster and keychain/earplug case.

For more — and to hear “Runaway” — drop by www.imperialteen.com.

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