It would be generous to say the Wrens have taken their time making their long-awaited follow-up to 2003’s The Meadowlands, but that’s somewhat par for the course for the Jersey indie-rockers (their Twitter bio is after all "Keeping folks waiting...since 1989"). But now, we actually have a preview of what’s to come.

Ahead of their forthcoming full-length, the band has announced a limited-edition cassette featuring a new song dubbed “Three Types of Reading Ambiguity.” The Wrens have partnered with Esopus magazine for the release, which is a collaboration between the Wrens’ Charles Bissell and artist Beth Campbell. The cassette features “Three Types of Reading Ambiguity” on one side with an alternate take on the flip.

The Esopus subscription package includes a 17" x 30" print by Campbell, a poster of Bissell’s lyrics and a complimentary download featuring music, videos and more exclusive goodies (see photos at the bottom of the page).

Bissell and Campbell spoke to Esopus editor Tod Lippy in a new podcast, which can be heard in full below. The interview includes excerpts of both versions of “Three Types of Reading Ambiguity,” which was written roughly seven years ago when several members of the band experienced the loss of a parent within months of one another.

The Wrens’ new album is expected sometime next year. Over the summer, the band reported the LP was complete and in the process of being mastered.

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