Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner has announced his next solo album, a "post-rock rock opera" called Don't Tell the Driver.
Due November 19 via Drag City, the record is Turner's first solo set since 2003's Moth, and a press release explains that it was "spurred by life experiences and aided by the meditation that only time brings." Turner worked on the LP over the last four years at Melbourne's Big Moth studio, weaving "aquatic guitar-and-drums chemistry" around other assorted sonic touches (melodica, piano and Fender Rhodes).
It's unclear if the narrative is connected throughout the concept LP, but Turner brought in Caroline Kennedy-McCraken (Dead Star, the Plums, Caroline No) and opera singer Oliver Mann to sing on the set. Additionally, bassist Peggy Frew leant a hand to the recordings, while Ian Wadley (Bird Blobs, Minimum Chips), Jeff Wegener (Laughing Clowns) and Kishore Ryan (Kid Sam, Where Were You At Lunch) played drums throughout the LP.
Sound samples have yet to arrive from Don't Tell the Driver, but North American crowds will likely get to check out the songs just ahead of time during Turner's fall tour. His schedule doesn't have him hitting Canada, but you can see the dates, which include shows with Bill Callahan and Mono, down below.
Don't Tell the Driver:
1. All Gone
3. Long Way Home
4. Don't Tell the Driver
5. Gone Dreaming
6. Here's a Way
7. The Navigator
8. Over Waves
9. The Birdcatcher
10. We're Not Going Home
11. The Last Song
11/08 Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
11/12 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
11/13 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace *
11/14 Los Angeles, CA - Japan American Theater *
11/15 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
11/16 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
11/17 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
11/19 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater *
11/20 Seattle, WA - Neumo's *
11/21 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom #
11/22 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge #
11/23 Detroit, MI - The Loving Touch #
* with Bill Callahan
# with Mono