Friday, March 4, 2016

Neil Young finishing new album for spring release

Neil Young says he is busy in the studio putting the final touches on a new album that will be released this June.

The follow-up to 2015’s “The Monsanto Years” once again sees Young teamed with Promise Of The Real, which features Willie Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas.

"I'm very happy with what I'm doing," Young tells Rolling Stone. "I don't know what its place is in the world, but I like it. I feel really good and amped and energized. And I feel like I'm doing something that I've never done before. It's not just music. It's a soundscape. It's kind of like flying around listening to things with your eyes closed."

Young says the new recordings are both a continuation of what began with “The Monsanto Years” and a new creative path.

"In critical other ways, it's like nothing that I've done," he explains. "It's more like a giant radio show. It has no stops. The songs are too long for iTunes, thank God, so they won't be on iTunes. I'm making it available in the formats that can handle it.

"It's like a live show, but it's not like a live show. Imagine it's a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on earth — all of the animals and insects and amphibians and birds and everybody — we're all represented. And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments. It's not conventional ... but it is based on live performance."

Ahead of the June release, Young will issue two rare films – the post-apocalyptic musical comedy “Human Highway” and the concert feature “Rust Never Sleeps” for the first time on DVD on April 22.

Neither film has been available for public viewing in years.

Digitally restored for the DVD release, “Human Highway” is Young's 1982 comedy starring Russ Tamblyn, Charlotte Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper and Devo.

“Rust Never Sleeps” is the full-length feature about Young's 1978 concert tour and includes some of his most popular songs, including "Cinnamon Girl," "Like A Hurricane" and both the acoustic and electric versions of "Hey Hey, My My."

See also:

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