King Tuff — aka LA-via-Vermont garage rocker Kyle Thomas — has announced the long-awaited follow-up to his 2018 album The Other. New album Smalltown Stardust will be out January 27 via Sup Pop and was co-produced and co-written with SASAMI. Along with the new album announcement is a video for the record’s title track.

As Thomas explains it, Smalltown Stardust is “an album about love and nature and youth.” He continues:

The truth is I never really wanted to leave my little town in Vermont. I knew it was something I had to do in order to actually pursue a career as a musician, but I loved my life there, and I cried and cried the day I left on a Greyhound bus for LA in 2011. In some alternate dimension there’s a version of me still living there, still hanging on the stoop, drawing pictures in the coffeeshop, walking the railroad tracks that run along the river… but alas, in this here dimension, I’m nothing but a townie without a town!

“Smalltown Stardust” is a song about keeping that little place and all its strange magic with me wherever I go. It’s a portal that I can access when I need inspiration, or when the city feels too big and hot and I need to mentally escape into some dark woods. It’s a place I found myself going to often in the last few years while I was writing this record, stuck in scorched and crispy ol’ Los Angeles, so it felt fitting as an album title as well as the first song to release into the world. Enjoy!

Listen to and watch “Smalltown Stardust” below.

01 “Love Letters To Plants”
02 “How I Love”
03 “A Meditation”
04 “Portrait Of God”
05 “Smalltown Stardust”
06 “Pebbles In A Stream”
07 “Tell Me”
08 “Rock River”
09 “The Bandits Of Blue Sky”
10 “Always Find Me”
11 “The Wheel”

03/01 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/03 – Los Angeles, Ca @ Lodge Room
03/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/06 – Portland OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
03/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/11 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
03/15 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
03/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
03/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03/19 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
03/21 – Washington DC @ DC9
03/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
03/23 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
03/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere Hall
03/25 – Brattleboro, VT @ The Stone Church
03/28 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
03/29 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
03/31 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
04/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Turf Club
04/03 – Kansas City, M0 @ The Record Bar
04/05 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
04/06 – Phoenix, AC @ The Rebel Lounge
04/07 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s

Smalltown Stardust is out 1/27 via Sub Pop. Pre-order it here.