After promising there would not be a Medicine reunion, Brad Laner has dropped a new Medicine single with the original band members reunited, and an expected LP release via Captured Tracks in August. The first assumption was “April Fools”, given Mr. Laner’s reticence to consider reuniting the group, but he was first out of the gate to declare, “NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE” via his Tumblr feed, with an updated photo of the 2013 edition of Medicine.

With the much-delayed release of music from My Bloody Valentine, the return of Jesus and Mary Chain, and Ride’s Mark Gardener, this just seemed the next logical step, right? And it’s surely a less bewildering creative direction to take than Her Highness, which some of our staff fails to understand to this day. Preview and download “Long as the Sun” here:

Even for what may be a one-off, it’s good to have Brad Laner back showing off his songwriting, arranging and production skills. Welcome the man back! To The Happy Few LP/CD/MP3 will be out everywhere August 6, 2013.