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David Gilmour is working on a new album that he hopes will be out in the next year or two.
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Gilmour, speaking together with his wife Polly Samson, revealed the forthcoming album in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
“I’m hoping that I will have an album ready in the next year or two; I’m not that fast,” the 75-year-old guitarist said. He explained that lockdown was “one of the problems” hindering the record’s production.
“Getting other people in to listen, to help, and to play on things has been kind of impossible in the last year,” Gilmour said. “I do look forward to actually playing some songs with a bunch of actual musicians at some point.”
Gilmour’s last release, Yes, I Have Ghosts, was a single to support the launch of his wife’s novel A Theatre For Dreamers. The acoustic guitar-driven song was the Pink Floyd guitarist’s first release in five years since his solo studio album, Rattle That Lock.
While Gilmour’s upcoming album will feature acoustic guitar and “more harp”, it will also mark his return to the electric guitar.
“I will play electric guitar again,” he said. “But the electric guitar I’m currently playing is just not quite as ‘rock god’ as one might expect.”
As for whether Gilmour has plans to tour in the future, he said he hasn’t “given that a moment’s thought”: “At this very moment, playing to a group of 10,000 people, tightly packed together in an arena, is a nightmare, so I wouldn’t want to do that. So we’ve got to let a little time pass.”
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The two artists released their collaborative song, which was produced by John Congleton, last month.
Van Etten and Olsen recorded their live performance of “Like I Used To” for the Tonight Show at the LA music venue Zebulon.
The two artists’ live setup included drummer Rhys Hastings and guitarist Emily Elhaj (who usually play as part of Olsen’s backing band), as well as Van Etten’s keyboardist Charley Damski, guitarist Nicole Lawrence and drummer Griffin Goldsmith.
Watch the performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon below:
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AC/DC have released a music video for their new single, “Witch’s Spell“.
The video, which features animations by production company Wolf & Crow, shows the rock ’n’ roll icons performing on a set of tarot cards and while trapped inside a crystal ball.
Watch the video for “Witch’s Spell” below:
The clip comes ahead of AC/DC’s tie-in with Record Store Day 2021, for which they’ll release a limited-edition picture disc featuring “Witch’s Spell” on one side, and another Power Up single, “Through The Mists Of Time“, on the other.
AC/DC released Power Up, their 17th studio album in November last year. In Uncut‘s 8/10 review of the record, we said: “There being no imaginable mileage in comparing any of Power Up to anything but previous AC/DC albums, it’s a solid second-tier AC/DC record: it’s no Highway To Hell or Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, but it wouldn’t be at all embarrassed by the company of, say, Ballbreaker or The Razor’s Edge.“
Tracey Thorn is well aware of the absurdity of the situation that she and her Everything But The Girl partner Ben Watt found themselves in after Missing scaled charts around the world in the mid-’90s. “I remember thinking, ‘This is brilliant, I’ve loved it, but I couldn’t live like this forever.’ We’d already been along a road with some real ups and downs, so it was almost like someone waving a magic wand and saying, ‘After all that, you’re gonna have the fun of an absolutely massive fuck-off hit!’ Then we did the follow-up record, which was successful again, then I retired. Global superstardom? It’s exhausting!”
Her retirement has been unusually productive: as well as three solo albums and a Christmas record, Thorn has also written four non-fiction books, with the latest, My Rock’n’Roll Friend, charting her long friendship with Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison with typical humour and emotional depth. “A few people had said to Lindy, ‘You should write a book,’ and she went, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ I said quite jokingly to her, ‘I’ll write a book about you.’ Then I thought, ‘Hang on, that could be really interesting…’”
On a grey spring day, Thorn is on a video call with Uncut to answer your questions on the book, her newfound interest in gardening, her work with Paul Weller, what’s next for her music and more. “I imagined music would be something I just did for a while,” she says. “Back then I was imagining that what I was studying at university – English – was what I’d do as my career. I’ve kind of ended up there in the end, I just took a circuitous route.”
If you could become friends with and write a biography of any deceased female musician, who would it be?
Dusty, I think – imagine being actual friends with Dusty! Judee Sill is really interesting, but it’s all a bit dark. The good thing about Lindy is that she’s this incredibly outspoken, no-filter person. It’s great raw material. I didn’t want it to be all worthy and miserable – there is some anger in there but also just the sense of: ‘Here she is, this fucking amazing woman who I want to celebrate.’ Dusty’s story has been told, but if I’d been friends with her and had all these great anecdotes about going clubbing with her, that would just be fabulous.
Have you found the publishing industry friendlier towards women than the music industry?
There are certainly more women in it! My editor now is a man, but I think he’s almost the only man I work with. Whereas in the music business, so much of the time I was surrounded by men. The literary audiences are different too – I did a book event and the organiser looked out at the crowd and said, “Oh, it’s nice to see some men here!”