Cage The Elephant Say ‘Goodbye’ to a Lost Love On Somber New Ballad: Listen


After partying with Beck on the joint reggae-rock single "Night Running," Cage the Elephant tip-toed back into the spotlight on Monday (April 8) with the contemplative ballad "Goodbye." 

The track opens with a muted piano intro as frontman Matt Shultz sings gently, "Seems like yesterday I was a child/ Just a ripple in the folds of time/ I wish you well I want to see you smile/ It's alright, goodbye, goodbye." The song barely rises above a simmer, as plucked violin strings rise and recede over a dull, distant beat, adding to the song's melancholy vibe.

"Goodbye" follows on the heels of the Beck collab, the urgent, new wave-y "House of Glass" and the bluesy "Ready to Let Go"; the moody track is the fourth sneak peek fans have gotten at the group's upcoming fifth studio album, Social Cues, due out on April 19. 

Beck and CTE are also heading out on a co-headlining tour together this summer that is named for their joint track, with Spoon along as support). Check out The Night Running Tour dates here.

Listen to "Goodbye" below.