Paul Simon releases new album, In The Blue Light, September 7th

By on July 14, 2018

With iconic collaborations and fresh arrangements, Paul Simon re-visits ten of his personal favorite songs from his significant repertoire.

“This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right or that were odd enough to be overlooked for the first time. Making arrangements, harmonious structures and texts that were not clear enough gave me time to figure out in my own mind what I really wanted to say or realize what I thought and make it easier to understand,” says Paul Simon.

The legendary songwriter and artist Paul Simon release his 14th album In The Blue Light September 7th. Produced by Simon himself and Roy Halee, who worked together since the 60’s, the album is visited by a number of musicians such as the jazz icons Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd to give fresh perspective on ten of Simon’s favorite songs throughout the ages.

“It’s unusual for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit previous works and review them and even change parts of the original,” says Paul Simon. “Fortunately, this also gave me the great gift to play along with a very special group of musicians, most of whom I had not recorded with before. I hope that those who listen will think that the songs feels updated, like a new layer of color on the walls of an old family home.”

Paul Simon is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been elected to Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as solo artist. In 2003, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in Simon & Garfunkel and in 2012 he received the prestigious Polar Music Prize together with the cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music