Published Mar 15, 2016Mumford & Sons member Ben Lovett is currently accepting submissions from around the globe for a new album in conjunction with the worldwide poverty-fighting organization Global Citizen, and a handful of high-profile acts have already made contributions.
Kanye West, the National and Ellie Goulding are some of the first artists to lend their talents to the new record. Titled Metamorphoses, the album is expected to arrive this fall and will be composed of 12 songs from crowdsourced lyrical contributions.
"Everyone knows that music is a powerful force that for thousands of years has inspired change, given hope, and provided healing to people," Lovett said in a statement. "In my opinion it is the purest form of communication, as the subtleties of tone and pitch alongside words and lyrics, allow for a subtlety and precision in expression that we are yet to define solely in our respective languages. Metamorphoses will transform your thoughts and feelings into music, giving a voice to the words that might well inspire change, give hope or provide healing for other citizens around the world."
Anyone can submit an entry until March 31, and as Lovett explains, entries so far have included stories, poems, one-line thoughts and even a wedding speech. All languages and forms of writing are welcome, and can be shared over here until the March 31 deadline.
Further explaining the creative drive behind the project in a press release, Lovett said:
Metamorphoses has the potential to break down our preconceptions of the voices of creativity, what different people around the world are thinking and who has the right to be heard. In my own life, I've experienced people trying to define me and put me in boxes and categories. Through collaboration we can show people how those lines can be blurred and are ultimately redundant. The artists involved in this project are some of the most genuine artists the world has to offer. Artists like Kanye West, and The National are doing something globally important that is touching people down to their DNA. And these masterfully creative people are going to be interpreting incredible submissions from people across the globe. It has been a joy reading all of the submissions we received over the past six months. I'm truly excited to see what we will create together.
Aaron Dessner from the National, meanwhile, showed his support for the album and organization, saying, "We are very excited to explore the creative possibilities of the Metamorphoses project, setting the words of others to music and bringing communities together to fight poverty. Global Citizen is doing very important, pro-social work and we are honored to be able to contribute to it."
Watch a trailer for the upcoming project in the player below.