Elvis Costello + The Roots to Release "Wise Up Ghost" on September 17
Thu, 30 May 2013 11:32:59
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"Edgy singer-songwriter seeking edgy hip-hop luminaries for a collaborative project that will result in musical magic" would be how the personal ad for this project would read.
Elvis Costello and The Roots will issue a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost exclusively released by Blue Note Records on September 17.
The existence of the record was first revealed by ?uestlove as an aside during an interview with Billboard in January. A small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on April 20, but the full release will follow later in the year.
Most of the sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios in the dead of night, while others were in plain sight at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios.
Elvis described the record as "the shortest distance between here and there" and containing "both rhythm and what is read." Sounds good to us.
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson says, "It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit."
HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit? Making it new, indeed.
In addition to the fabulous Roots crew and friends, the record features a guest vocal appearance on "Cinco Minutos Con Vos" from La Marisoul, lead singer of the Los Angeles group, La Santa Cecilia.
The album was produced by longtime Roots associate, Steven Mandel, together with Elvis Costello, and "?uestlove."
Will you Wise Up Ghost with Elvis Costello and The Roots?