Published Dec 05, 2017California singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson has unveiled plans for a new record, and it finds him collaborating with a few high-profile guests. Titled Rare Birds, the record is due out on March 2 via Bella Union.
In addition to his own handiwork, the album features appearances from Lana Del Rey, Father John Misty, Lucius and Laraaji — all of whom contributed backing vocals. Lana Del Rey is credited on "Living with Myself"; Father John Misty on "49 Hair Flips"; Lucius on "Trafalgar Square," "There's a Light" and "Rare Birds"; and Laraaji on "Loving You."
The record was self-produced by Wilson at his Fivestarstudios in Los Angeles, and marks his first full-length since 2013's Fanfare.
"It is meant more as a healing affair, a rejuvenation, a reconciliation, for others, for me," Wilson said in a statement, rejecting the notion that it's a concept album. "I wanted to balance personal narrative with the need I feel in 2018 for calming healing music. I think we need whimsical surrealism, journeys in sound, psychedelic gossamer affairs."
The full tracklisting for Rare Birds can be seen down below, where you'll also find Wilson's upcoming North American tour dates and the new video for lead single "Over the Midnight."
1. Trafalgar Square
3. Over the Midnight
4. There's a Light
5. Sunset Boulevard
7. 49 Hair Flips
8. Miriam Montague
9. Loving You
10. Living With Myself
11. Hard to Get Over
12. Hi Ho the Righteous
13. Mulholland Queen
12/21 Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge
12/22 Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge
12/23 Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge
03/02 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
03/03 Detroit, MI – Third Man Records
03/05 Toronto, ON – The Great Hall
03/07 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/08 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
03/09 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
03/10 Boston, MA – The Sinclair