Paul Simon has consistently crafted some of the most influential music in the history of music – from his early classics to the pioneering Graceland right through to his previous collection of original material, 2016’s UK #1 album Stranger To Stranger.Simon has now announced the release of Seven Psalms, dropping on 19th May.
Paul Simon (Myrna Suarez)
A step apart from anything the Simon & Garfunkel legend has released before, Seven Psalms defies categorisation. The record is a continuous 33-minute piece of music, a journey which consists of seven interlinked segments. It’s a record which establishes an engaging and meditative, almost hymnal ambience, with Simon’s vocals at the top of an acoustic arrangement. Predominantly performed by the man himself, the record is seasoned with esoteric percussion instruments, choral elements from the Grammy-nominated British vocal ensemble VOCES8, and a beautiful vocal appearance by Simon’s wife and New Bohemians front woman, Edie Brickell.
Watch below for a glimpse into Simon’s inspiration and process in finding Seven Psalms:
True to the origin of psalms as hymns meant to be sung rather than spoken, Seven Psalms reaches back to the very genesis of folk music: King David’s Psalms. The result is a quietly moving musical experience which uncovers a wealth of subtle details with every repeated listen. Lyrically, Simon’s philosophical musings also provide plenty for fans to unpack and reflect upon. The record’s tone is complemented by its artwork, which features a close-up extract of Two Owls by the celebrated landscape artist Thomas Moran. Seven Psalms is Paul Simon’s first album project since releasing In The Blue Light in 2018 – which was a collection of re-imaginings of the artist’s favourite deep cuts from his vast back catalogue; the album debuted in the UK Top 10. While Paul Simon retired from touring in 2018, his surprise performance at last year’s Newport Jazz Festival proved to be one of the most memorable moments in the event’s history. Produced by Paul Simon and Kyle Crusham, Seven Psalms is comprised of the following seven interlinked movements:
- ‘The Lord’
- ‘Love Is Like A Braid’
- ‘My Professional Opinion’
- ‘Your Forgiveness’
- ‘Trail Of Volcanoes’
- ‘The Sacred Harp’
will be released on vinyl, and as a 33-minute single-track on CD, streaming and download formats via Owl Records and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The album is available to pre-order or pre-save HERE.