Pete Yorn releases his new, eponymously-titled album through Because Music on 7th February. Produced by Frank Black, this visceral 11-song collection features the single Precious Stone, which will be available on the 13th December.
The album is the follow-up to last year's brace of releases; "Back & Fourth" and "Break Up". The latter, a collaboration with Scarlett Johansson, enjoyed considerable critical acclaim. Paste magazine commented:"'Break Up' succeeds in its ambitious goal of capturing the spirit - if not the sound - of the late 60's musical partnership between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot." Released earlier in 2009, "Back & Fourth" was also heaped with praise, Rolling Stone declaring "Yorn has found his voice on 'Back & Fourth', a mostly acoustic beauty."
Yorn's forthcoming album was recorded on the spur-of-the-moment in the summer of 2008. Yorn was in the middle of making 'Back & Fourth' in Nebraska when he got an email from Black suggesting that they record some tunes. Intrigued by the notion of experimenting with Frank, Yorn hopped on a plane to Salem, where the two set up an impromptu studio. They recorded the album in a mere five days, even though the singer-songwriter-guitarist came down with the flu two days into the process.
"Frank didn't give a shit about getting sick, so we stayed in the flow," recalls Yorn. "He has an incredible ability to distill a song down to its core."
Frank recalls, "Pete told me he wanted to better define himself as an artist. I think he just wanted to rock out. But as we headed down a path of realisation I stripped him down a whole bunch. We battled in the best sort of way. I tried to get the session into a fearless and raw place, and to his artistic credit Pete took his songwriting to a fearless and raw place. This listener will find his or herself sitting right next to Pete on the couch. And the record totally rocks out."Pete Yorn will be available for promo in Europe at the beginning of December.