On Thursday, Bruce Springsteen officially revealed his plans for his first new album in five years, to be titled, Western Stars. The new solo record is due out June 14th via Columbia Records. On Friday, Springsteen shared, “Hello Sunshine”, the lead single off of his forthcoming album.
The album’s announcement on Thursday came after days of posting gradual visual hints to his social media accounts. The album marks Springsteen’s first collection of new, original songs since 2012’s Wrecking Ball. He had previously released an album of covers and re-worked originals, High Hopes, in 2014.
As “The Boss” notes in a press release, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It’s a jewel box of a record.”
The announcement press release also notes that “13 tracks off ‘Western Stars’ encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.”
Much like Springsteen’s previous two albums, Ron Aniello produced the project in addition to playing bass, keyboard and other instruments during the tracking sessions. Western Stars also features work from over 20 musicians, including original E Street Band keyboard player David Sancious and violinist Soozie Tyrell, as well as organist Charlie Giordano, who currently plays with the group. Jon Brion, who’s best known for his work with Kanye West and Fiona Apple, also contributed in playing celeste, Moog, and Farfisa to the album. Springsteen’s wife and E Street bandmate Patti Scialfa is responsible for the vocal arrangements on four songs and contributes her vocals on several others.
Watch the lyric video for Springsteen’s new single “Hello Sunshine” below:
Bruce Springsteen – “Hello Sunshine”
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