Neil Young’s ‘A Letter Home’: an Album of ‘rediscovered songs from the past’

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The next Neil Young album, A Letter Home, will feature “rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology,” according to posts that appeared today on both the “Coming Soon From Third Man Records” area of Jack White’s Third Man Records website and the Neil Young website.

Here’s the text from both sites:

January 22, 2014
Third Man Records unearths Neil Young’s “A Letter Home.”
An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever…… Homer Grosvenor

Young spoke briefly to Rolling Stone last night about recording the album, saying, “it’s one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had.”

When Young spoke at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Producers & Engineers Wing the night of January 21, 2014, he said something that would appear to relate to A Letter Home: “There’s something that happens with one mic. When everyone sings into one mic, when everybody plays into the same mic: I’ve just never been able to do that, with some rare instances like when I record in a recording booth from a 1940s state fair. I got that sound by closing myself into a telephone booth. And I notice, it sounds just like an old record. And I like the sound of old records! I’ve always loved that.”

The album is set for a March release according to Rolling Stone.

This info now officially confirms the news I broke about the album last week.

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