Brian Wilson has announced he is working on a new solo album.
Wilson is currently recording and self-producing the album at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, he revealed in a press release on his official site. He has been joined in the studio by musicians including Jeff Beck and two of his former The Beach Boys bandmates, Al Jardine and David Marks.
Wilson revealed he was inspired to make another solo record by the success of The Beach Boys‘ comeback album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and reunion tour last year. Following the tour, he, Jardine and Marks were effectively ousted from the band’s lineup by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.
“I was really moved by the fans’ excitement about The Beach Boys’ album and tour last year,” Wilson said in the press release. “It charged me up and my head was full of music – I just couldn’t wait to get back into the studio to let it out.”
The album will be Wilson’s 11th solo album and first since 2011’s In The Key Of Disney, a covers collection on which he tackled Disney film favourites including “The Bare Necessities” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”. Wilson’s last solo collection of original material, That Lucky Old Sun, came out in 2008.
Meanwhile, Wilson is due to play a short series of US gigs this summer with Jardine and Marks, beginning in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 20 and wrapping up at the Ravina Festival in Highland Park, Illinois on July 26.