The song itself is a drowsy waltz in keeping with Modest Mouse's earlier work, and is sumptuously produced, with echoey guitars lurching in and out of the landscape. It's a beautiful recording, with lyrics that—in broad strokes—are seemingly about mankind's tricky, sometimes contentious relationship with nature. The song will be available as a digital download starting tomorrow and, of course, will appear on Modest Mouse's upcoming album, Strangers to Ourselves, which comes out March 3. The first 2,500 vinyl pre-orders of the album contain a 7-inch that includes "Coyotes" on the B-side to "Lampshades on Fire," the album's other advance track (check it out here).
The coyote/MAX incident was famously documented in another song by a Portland powerhouse group: Sleater-Kinney's "Light Rail Coyote," from their 2002 album One Beat. More about that here.
Coincidentally, Modest Mouse's song and video also comes on the heels of the heartwarming news of a Seattle dog who takes the bus to the dog park all by herself.