Published Apr 22, 2014After proclaiming Gener's Gone in a demos set last year, former Ween frontman Aaron Freeman has announced he will deliver an LP later this year with his new project, FREEMAN.
The band's self-titled debut drops July 22 through Partisan Records in the U.S. and Dine Alone in Canada, with the 12-song set having been produced by Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Public Enemy). While coming two years after Freeman's solo tribute to Rod McKuen, Marvelous Clouds, FREEMAN is a separate venture finding the titular singer joined by a four-piece band.
A press release explains that the songs on FREEMAN are spiritual in nature, with the band leader having been inspired by Kabbalah readings and author James A. Michener's The Source.
Freeman explained: "There's a lot of spiritual stuff on here because that really helped me. I listened to a lot of reggae — 'Jah gonna help me through Babylon,' you know? I listened to a lot of Paul McCartney too, and I thought, if he can do this, break up the fucking Beatles, I can certainly break up Ween and be okay."
The record was written as Freeman was overcoming substance abuse issues, and also apparently has him looking back fondly at the work he did with Ween, with songs harkening back to "the role-playing that was a hallmark of Freeman's back-catalog."
"I want this record to pay homage to Ween," he said. "These are the same songs I would've written in Ween — except without (ex-bandmate) Mickey (Melchiondo, a.k.a. Dean Ween)."
Down below, you'll find a stream of the set's "(For a While) I Couldn't Play Guitar Like a Man," a low-key canyon country shuffle premiered earlier today (April 22) through actor Jack Black's Facebook page.
1. Covert Discretion
2. The English and Western Stallion
3. (For a While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like a Man
4. El Shaddai
5. Black Bush
6. Gimme One More
7. More Than the World
8. All the Way to China
9. Golden Monkey
10. Delicate Green
11. There Is a Form
12. I Know a Girl