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Neil Young Announces New ‘Low-Tech’ Album

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Neil Young has confirmed that his upcoming album, ‘A Letter From Home,’ will have a decidedly old-school feel. But he hasn’t confirmed much else about it.

“It’s one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had,” Young recently told Rolling Stone as he was on his way to accept the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing for his contributions to music.

There are few details on the new album. The record’s producer, recording location and how the LP fits in with Young’s ongoing efforts to launch his PONO digital-music service were not announced. One thing is certain: Young’s rumored covers album with Jack White isn’t happening this time out. According to Young’s Facebook page, “Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets.”

However, Third Man Records, White’s record label, confirmed the artist’s involvement in the project at some level with the following news post:

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.

This suggests — but of course doesn’t confirm — the possibility that White produced ‘A Letter From Home’ at his very lo-fi Third Man Recording Booth — the very same Nashville location where Young recorded an update of Bert Jansch’s ‘Needle of Death’ for Record Store Day last year.

Either way, the new album may provide an early testing ground for PONO, which Young hopes will dramatically improve the sound of digital media. The device and service are set to launch during this year’s South by Southwest festival in March, right around the time Young will release the record.

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