The opening song and title track of Nickel Creek's fifth studio album, Celebrants, poses a striking image

Heaven's always been in this cathedral that we rebuild nightly together."

The line conjures the fantastical and the spiritual, but, at its heart, the song celebrates something simple

even ordinary: choosing to come together in community.

It's an idea made quietly radical not just by its origin — the beloved acoustic band wrote the bulk of Celebrants during the isolation of COVID-19 lockdown

but also for the context into which it's being released: a time largely defined by bitter, deeply entrenched division.

Celebrants is Nickel Creek's first release since its 2014 album A Dotted Line, which itself came after another lengthy hiatus during which the trio

comprising Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins