Thursday, December 19, 2013

Robert Plant updates status of new album

Robert Plant has posted an update on the status of a new album with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

Plant shared an update via Facebook, writing, “Sensational Space Shifters album..lost for words. Almost complete..”

The Led Zeppelin singer is reportedly working on the project at Peter Gabriel‘s Real World Studios in southwestern England.

After touring the American-based “Band Of Joy” project, Plant was drawn back to classic blues and world music.

“I have had an amazing education the last few years,” Plant told LA Weekly this summer. “The time I spent around all of those men and women was an eye-opening experience. The thing about working with musicians in Nashville is that they generally are always moving on to the next thing. [Plant's partner and singer-songwriter] Patty [Griffin] went to work on her solo record and [guitarist] Buddy [Miller] went to produce the Carolina Chocolate Drops.”

“I decided that I wanted to get back to something resembling a ‘British condition’”, he continued. “I looked back at the Strange Sensation lineup I had worked with before Band of Joy. I called up [bassist] Justin Adams, who had just gotten done touring with JuJu. We decided to get together to try something out. It just had such a strange and unusual way about it. We brought in a musician from West Africa [Juldeh Camara], who had already been playing in the U.K...but then we stick in my voice and bring in [keyboardist] John [Baggott] from Massive Attack with his insanely powerful drum loops and crashing, crunched up sounds.”

“We've got a new drummer [Dave Smith], a real good young kid who is big on the jazz scene here [in the U.K.],” said Plant. “It's proven to be a great passport for fun and power. I'm able to get the ‘R.P.’ voice back out there again. I don't have to be so concerned about making sure I am in harmony with anyone else since I'm mostly singing alone this time. I won't have to worry about Patty glaring at me when I mess up this time!”

Plant toured through 2013 with the Sensational Space Shifters; the group wrapped up their live dates in October with an appearance at Bluesfest London.

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