Published Apr 14, 2015It's been two years since retired Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield released his ridiculously viral cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," filmed live in space. The video launched Hadfield's career into orbit, and he'll keep it going with his debut album.
Details are scarce, but a press release indicates that the album's guitar and vocal tracks were recorded in space, which is "a human first." We assume it's also just generally a first, and that other species haven't recorded albums in space yet either.
Hadfield opened up about the experience in the release, saying, "The serenity and grace I felt while orbiting our Earth, weightless by the window, gave a whole new place to write and perform music. I'm delighted to be able to share these completed works as a new way to help tell the stories of early space exploration."
Once the bed tracks were recorded, the LP was taken down to earth, where producer Robbie Lackritz fleshed out the recordings.
The press release arrived with an image (see above) that featured big Canadian names like Blue Rodeo, Scott Helman, Buck 65, Courage My Love, Big Wreck, Barenaked Ladies, Matthew Good, the Sheepdogs and Ron Sexsmith, among others. It's unclear if these artists perform on the album, or if Hadfield covered their material.
Either way, Colonel Chris Hadfield's debut album is expected to arrive later this year via Warner Music Canada.