EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Cage The Elephant's 'Unpeeled' Version of "Cigarette Daydreams"

Hear the reimagined track days ahead of the album's release!

July 25, 2017
Cage The Elephant

PHOTO BY: Neil Krug

Over the course of several intimate shows across the country, Cage The Elephant, backed by strings and added percussion, performed stripped-down versions of their music, recording several of those songs for their forthcoming album, Unpeeled. And days before the album’s released, we’re exclusively premiering the video for one of those stripped-down performances.

Recorded live at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, one of the album’s three reimagined tracks, “Cigarette Daydreams,” can be seen below.



Unpeeled follows 2015’s GRAMMY Award-winning album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, which was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. But unlike Tell Me I’m Pretty, Unpeeled doesn’t add new layers of music to the band’s existing catalog; rather, the forthcoming album peels back the layers of songs from Cage The Elephant’s past four albums to reveal 21 bare, raw, and downright rad versions of themselves.

On what inspired Unpeeled, front man Matt Shultz explained: “Many times you’re adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don’t realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.” 

As for the forthcoming album’s title, that was inspired by the Warhol album artwork on the Velvet Underground’s iconic debut album, Velvet Underground & Nico. With the idea for the upcoming album in mind, Cage The Elephant thought, “oh, that’s badass, that sounds like the banana on the cover of the first Velvet Underground album (Velvet Underground & Nico). Mostly, we were trying to find something that was descriptive enough, that said something about what we were doing — the stripping back, the transparency — and at the same time was still a nod to the heroes that we loved.”

Unpeeled (track list below) drops Friday, July 28 via RCA Records.

  1. Cry Baby
  2. Whole Wide World
  3. Sweetie Little Jean
  4. Spiderhead
  5. Take It Or Leave It
  6. Too Late To Say Goodbye
  7. Punchin’ Bag
  8. Shake Me Down
  9. Telescope
  10. Instant Crush
  11. Trouble
  12. Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
  13. Rubber Ball
  14. Aberdeen
  15. Golden Brown
  16. Cold Cold Cold
  17. How Are You True
  18. Come A Little Closer
  19. Back Against The Wall
  20. Cigarette Daydreams
  21. Right Before My Eyes