Neil Young has announced a new album entitled Le Noise to be released 28 September 2010 on Reprise Records.
The eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois, who has previously worked with many major artists including U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and The Neville Brothers. As producer or co-producer Lanois won Grammy Awards in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2000, and 2001. Young and Lanois have worked together in the past, including Lanois’ performances at Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert and Young’s performance at Farm Aid when Lanois was Willie Nelson’s music director, but this is the first time the two have recorded together.
“Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him,” Lanois says. “He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands — one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That’s the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs ‘Love and War’ and ‘Peaceful Valley Boulevard.’ I wanted him to understand that I’ve spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he’d never heard before. He picked up that instrument, which had everything — an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds — and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It’s hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of 50 years of rock and roll, but I think we did it.”
There’s no band, no overdubs, nothing fancy… just “a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording,” as Lanois puts it.
The track-listing for Le Noise is as follows:
Walk With Me
Sign of Love
Love And War
Peaceful Valley Blvd.
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