Published Apr 09, 2015Beloved experimental icon Jim O'Rourke hasn't released a proper solo album since 2009's The Visitor, though he's kept plenty busy since then. The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with many different artists, most recently teaming up with Oren Ambarchi on this year's Behold. He's back to working solo, however, with a new album set to arrive shortly.
The release is called Simple Songs, and features eight new compositions from O'Rourke. According to a press release, the album sees the artist singing throughout, utilizing his voice for the first time in a decade. Further, "the music's got OCD quality, played so immaculately by so many instruments, and most of them by the creator's hands."
The write-up continues, suggesting Simple Songs has a world-weary quality to it. "The rest of the world is still a mystery and a bottomless source of aggravation for the old boy. What do we care? We get a great new album out of it."
Simple Songs will arrive on May 19 via Drag City. Until then, a brief snippet of the album is available below.
1. Friends With Benefits
2. That Weekend
3. Half Life Crisis
4. Hotel Blue
5. These Hands
6. Last Year
7. End Of The Road
8. All Your Love