Pearl Jam gets cosmic with 'Superblood Wolfmoon' AR experience, new album

Legendary grunge rockers Pearl Jam have looked to the skies for inspiration for their new album "Gigaton," (opens in new tab) which will be released March 27. The video for the album's first single, "Dance of the Clairvoyants," of which there are three versions (released in January and early February), is full of amazing visuals of the night sky and more. They've now followed up their promotion of the record with a new experience for fans. 

The second single for the record is called "Superblood Wolfmoon" and will be released the week of Feb. 18, but you can hear a preview sooner. According to an article in Rolling Stone (opens in new tab), you can access a clip of the song and animations at moon.pearljam.com (opens in new tab), but there is a catch — you have to point your iOS or Android device at the moon to "unlock the AR [augmented reality] experience."

The band posted a preview of how the AR experience will look like on their social channels on Feb.13. 

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The song's title was inspired by the Super Blood Wolf Moon, which thrilled skywatchers on Jan. 21, 2019. (opens in new tab) It was a combination of a supermoon, total lunar eclipse (also known as a blood moon) and a common nickname for January's full moon — Wolf Moon. You can see an amazing time-lapse video of the event below.

The music video from the band's first "Gigaton" single displayed time-lapses of auroras (opens in new tab), galactic visualizations, stunning Earth imagery and more. The first version of the video (opens in new tab), which they titled "Dance of the Clairvoyants (Mach I)," shows only the visual effects weaved together with views of Earth and space. The second version, Mach II (opens in new tab), sprinkled in footage of the band performing the song. 

"Dance of the Clairvoyants (Mach III)," seen below, is a band-centric version of the video, which begins with singer Eddie Vedder "painting" a galactic visualization. 

Pearl Jam band members (from left) Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Boom Gaspar. (Image credit: Danny Clinch)

"Gigaton" will be the first studio album Pearl Jam has released since their 2013 effort "Lightning Bolt," (opens in new tab) and will be their 11th total. They have North American and European tours (opens in new tab) planned in support of it. 

Stay tuned to Space.com for a review of the record in March and more. 

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  • Anonymous010
    Oh hey, Pearl Jam's still around. Neat.
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  • Truthseeker007
    They haven't put any good albums out since the 90's though atleast in my opinion.
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