Published Jan 22, 2014Despite digging up rarities with Rilo Kiley, reuniting with the Postal Service, playing with Johnathan Rice and scoring films, it's been a number of years since songwriter Jenny Lewis last released a solo album. That will change soon, since she hopes to have a new album out this spring.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Lewis revealed that recording is finished, and mixing is taking place in Los Angeles. A number of the songs are apparently inspired by "insomnia."
She's not sure if the album will contain "Completely Not Me," her recent song included on the upcoming Girls soundtrack. The music for that tune was written by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, who sent her the track to write melodies and lyrics for. Regarding its possible inclusion on the LP, she said, "I'm not sure. It depends on how the rest of the songs turn out, and see if it fits. It exists in its own right."
In related news, Lewis and Rice just scored the Anne Hathaway movie One Song, which premiered at Sundance. The film is about a woman who befriends a songwriter — played by Johnny Flynn — and Jenny and Johnny wrote songs for the fictional character.
Rice speculated that the music could be released as a "found album of sorts," functioning as an LP for the character rather than a standard soundtrack. The details of its release are "out of [their] hands," however.
The songs were inspired by Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel and Bill Fox of the Mice. They were self-produced by Jenny and Johnny and mixed with Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck).
Stay tuned for more information regarding Lewis's new solo album and a possible soundtrack for One Song.
Lewis's last solo album was 2008's Acid Tongue.