1. Glimmer ( 7:31)
2. The Creeper ( 7:20)
3. Ephemeral ( 5:09)
4. Specks Of Light ( 7:46)
5. Strung Up From The Sky ( 5:12)
6. An Inch Above Sand ( 4:14)
7. What We All Come To Need ( 6:47)
8. Final Breath ( 7:29)
What We All Come to Need is the fourth studio album by American post-metal band Pelican. The album was released on October 27, 2009 through Southern Lord Records; their first for the label after leaving Hydra Head Records earlier in 2009.
A music video for "Final Breath," directed by Matt Santoro, was released on December 22, 2009.
In celebration of the album's release, Kuma’s Corner, a Chicago restaurant two blocks from Schroeder-Lebec's home, offered a custom burger known as the Pelican burger. The one-night-only dish consisted of a ten-ounce Kobe beef patty, with pan-seared scallops and lardons, in a garlic white-wine sauce on top of a Parmesan crisp, and served with white wine–garlic aioli. Ironically, both Schroeder-Lebec and Trevor de Brauw are vegans and therefore could not eat the specialized dish.
What We All Come to Need was recorded on a tight schedule during the summer of 2009. Regarding their new record label, guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec stated that Pelican had never experienced difficult creative moments that forced them to go in a new direction but that moving to Southern Lord joined them with new people and inspired the group.
Pelican enlisted various guest musicians to contribute to the album, most notably vocalist Allen Epley. Others include guitarists Greg Anderson and Aaron Turner as well as bassist Ben Verellen. What We All Come to Need marks Pelican's first song to feature vocals; Allen Epley of The Life and Times and Shiner sings on the track "Final Breath." They had, however, previously performed a live rendition of "Pink Mammoth" with These Arms Are Snakes. This was available on the PLCN/TAAS split EP in 2008.
The track "Ephemeral" was re-recorded for the album and originally appeared on the Ephemeral 12" released in early 2009. "An Inch Above Sand" was also re-recorded and originally appeared as "Inch Above Sand" on Pelican's split with Young Widows.