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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lana Del Rey and Father John Misty on Jonathan Wilson album, out 3/2

The singer-songwriter and producer Jonathan Wilson is Father John Misty’s “secret weapon“; he’s worked with the Mist on all three of his solo albums. And early next year, Wilson will release an album of his own, entitled Rare Birds. The new LP includes contributions from Lana Del Rey on “Living With Myself” and with Father John Misty on “49 Hairflips.” Wilson’s shared a kaleidoscopic CGI video for the album’s first single, a slightly War On Drugs-esque seven-minute rumination called “Over The Midnight.” Check it out below.

“The Neil Young, CSN, Dennis Wilson and Tom Petty comparisons for the first two records were flattering, but I didn’t ever really see it that way myself”, he explains. More genuinely influenced by such disparate artists as Talk Talk, Arthur Russell and a ‘Sleigh Bells-meet-George Harrison kinda thing’, Wilson has made a “maximalist”, high density album more influenced by 80s British production more than anything to do with Southern California in 1970s. It’s a dynamic new approach for Wilson that calls to mind one of Peter Gabriel’s early solo albums or even mid-period Kate Bush. “This album is a hell of a lot more Trevor Horn than anything, you know, Laurel Canyon-related,” he muses. Recorded during the same timeframe he was in the studio with Roger Waters, working on Is This The Life We Really Want?, Wilson felt inclined to expand into certain psychedelic and sound labyrinths. There are voices, sirens, children playing, and more enhancing spatial sounds, while musical compadres Lana Del Rey and Josh Tillman (Father John Misty) appear as backing vocalists on “Living With Myself” and “49 Hairflips”, respectively.

Source: Stereogum

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