Listen: ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’ by Spirit Award

Seattle indie-psych trio Spirit Award have released a new single entitled “The Dark Night of the Soul,” to be featured on their forthcoming album Muted Crowd, due out 10/19 via Union Zero. The track premiered exclusively at KEXP, who calls it “haunting.” In addition to releasing new music, the band has announced a stretch of West Coast tour dates, including stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, & others.

“The idea for this came when I was going through a transformation/change in my own life,” vocalist Daniel Lyon explains. “The ‘dark night of the soul’ is a term that goes back a long time. It is a term used to describe what one could call a collapse of a perceived meaning in life…an eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaninglessness.”

Produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), the band’s forthcoming sophomore album Muted Crowd draws inspiration from Seattle – a changing city where musicians and artists are at a constant struggle to survive. The album highlights the band’s signature style of expansive and enveloping soundscapes, offering an almost therapeutic quality. Ankeny admits, “Our influences have been pretty diverse lately – post punk, Krautrock and 70’s punk to name a few. I think we’re trying to achieve an amalgamation of different sounds of this one, more so than the last one. More of us swapping instruments and adding sounds and ideas we’ve never fully explored before.”

Fans can expect more new music from Spirit Award in advance of Muted Crowd. The new album can be pre-ordered on vinyl HERE. For more information on Spirit Award, be sure to visit their official website at

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Tour Dates:

10.18 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s (Album Release Show)

10.23 Portland, OR @ University of Portland

10.24 Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s Pub

10.25 San Francisco, CA @ Bar Fluxus

10.26 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge

10.27 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

10.28 Tucson, AZ @ Canus Deli

10.30 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad

10.31 Denver, CO @ HiDive

11.2 Missoula, MT @ Zootown Brew

11.3 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett

11.9 Reno, NV @ Offbeat Music Fest

11.10 Reno, NV @ Offbeat Music Fest