Published Sep 09, 2014We already knew that Daniel Lanois had a new solo album called Flesh and Machine on the way, and now he's confirmed the details surrounding the release. It's due out through Anti- on October 28.
A press release describes the album as a "total artistic rebirth." It was initially conceived as an ambient album stemming from the songwriter's past work with Brian Eno. Lanois created the sounds by extensively processing guitars, piano and voice.
This apparently "marks the first time Lanois has truly deployed every sonic weapon in his arsenal in hopes that it may reach the position of headphone album of the year." For a taste of this, scroll past the tracklist below to watch a performance video for the sonically experimental, celestially frantic "Opera." Also below is a video for the similarly unsettling (but slightly less frenetic) "Sioux Lookout."
Also below, see the dates for Lanois' North American fall tour. He will be playing in a trio configuration where the arrangements will be constructed, sampled, dubbed and processed on the fly. (The "Opera" video ends with a brief statement about the new stage show.)
Flesh and Machine has also spawned a film project, with multiple filmmakers creating visuals inspired by the album. This series, which comes from a team-up with the Modern School of Film, will feature short-form contributions from Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), Wally Pfister (Transcendence), Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jim McKay (Breaking Bad) and Ondi Timoner (Dig!).
There will also be submitted videos from lesser known filmmakers. Learn more about the project here.
Flesh and Machine:
2. The End
3. Sioux Lookout
4. Tamboura Jah
5. Two Bushas
6. Space Love
8. My First Love
11. Forest City
09/21 Laval, QC - Salle Andrew-Matthieu
09/22 L'Assomption, QC - Theatre Hector-Charland
09/24 Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
09/25 Quebec QC - Theatre Petit Champlain (two shows)
09/26 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC - Cabaret Theatre
09/27 Sherbrooke QC - Theatre Granada
09/28 Gatineau QC - Salle Odysse
09/30 Fredericton QC - The Playhouse
10/01 Halifax, NS - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
10/02 Moncton, NB - Capitol Theatre
10/03 St. John's NL - Holy Heart Theatre
11/09 Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall *
11/13 Nashville TN - City Winery *
11/14 Chicago IL - Lincoln Hall *
11/16 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre *
11/17 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
11/19 Washington DC - The Hamilton *
11/20 Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live *
11/21 Providence RI - Columbus Theatre *
11/22 Boston MA - Brighton Music Hall *
* with Lonnie Holley