Elvis Costello has revealed that his new album Hey Clockface will be released by Concord on October 30.
Hey Clockface was recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles.
Following the solo recording of “No Flag”, “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” and “We Are All Cowards Now” at Suomenlinnan Studio, Helsinki by Eetü Seppälä in February 2020, Costello immediately traveled to Paris for a weekend session at Les Studios Saint Germain. “I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth,” says Costello. “We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day.”
The Paris sessions were recorded by François Delabrière and feature Steve Nieve (grand piano, upright piano, organ, mellotron and melodica), Mickaél Gasche (trumpet, flugelhorn and serpent), Pierre-François ‘Titi’ Dufour (cello, drums), Ajuq (percussion, harmonies) and Renaud-Gabriel Pion (clarinets, tenor saxophone, bass flute and cor anglais).
The New York sessions were produced by composer, arranger and trumpet player Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarists Bill Frisell and Nels Cline and completed by Costello remotely.
Says Costello: “I wanted the record to be vivid, whether the songs demanded playing that was loud and jagged or intimate and beautiful.”
Pre-order Hey Clockface here and check out the artwork and tracklisting below:
01. Revolution #49
02. No Flag
03. They’re Not Laughing At Me Now
04. Newspaper Pane
05. I Do (Zula’s Song)
06. We Are All Cowards Now
07. Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me?
08. The Whirlwind
09. Hetty O’Hara Confidential
10. The Last Confession of Vivian Whip
11. What Is It That I Need That I Don’t Already Have?
12. Radio Is Everything
13. I Can’t Say Her Name