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The Jayhawks return with summery love song 'Comeback Kids'

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Seminal Twin Cities rockers the Jayhawks return this spring with their ninth studio LP — and the first of the decade to feature the late-’90s lineup of frontman Gary Louris, bassist Marc Perlman, drummer Tim O’Reagan, keyboardist Karen Grotberg and guitarist Kraig Johnson. (Co-founder Mark Olson left the band in 1995; he briefly returned for 2011’s Mockingbird Time, but left following the group’s 2012 tour.) Co-produced by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, frontman Gary Louris, and Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse), the 11-track set drops April 29, but EW is premiering a highlight off the collection, “Comeback Kids,” today.

The sultry track is rooted in a fond memory of Louris’. “[It’s] a love song,” the frontman tells EW via email. “It’s about a girl I used to know. I would fly to visit her and she was a beautiful soul.” Sonically, the song marries two of Louris’ favorite types of music. With a sunburnt melody and whistling atmospherics, it “reflects my love of German music and the music of New York City in the late ’70s. I wanted something that sounded a bit more machine-like than your typical Jayhawks song.” Added bonus? “I got to play the synthesizer — that made me happy.”

“Comeback Kids” is streaming below. Paging Mr. Proust is due to release April 29.