Jonathan Wilson announces new album featuring Father John Misty, Lana Del Ray, shares “Over the Midnight”: Stream

Lucius and Laraaji also appear on the singer-songwriter/producer's third solo effort


    Photo by ​Andrea Nakhla

    Jonathan Wilson received plenty of acclaim in 2017, but it was largely based around other people’s work. He produced Pure Comedy for Father John Misty, played on Conor Oberst’s Salutationsand performed alongside Roger Waters on his massive Us + Them tour. While Wilson will continue to play guitar and sing in Waters’ band in the coming year, he’ll also put the focus on his solo career with the release of a new album, Rare Birds.

    Due March 2nd via Bella Union, Wilson produced and recorded the album while simultaneously working with Waters on the Pink Floyd legend’s Is This The Life We Really Want?. The 13-track effort is the singer-songwriter/producer’s third solo full-length and marks a “maximalist” shift in direction from his previous LPs. Where his past works received comparisons to the Laurel Canyon tradition, this new one takes a “synthetic/acoustic, best-of-both-worlds analog/digital hybrid approach to achieve the complexity, sonic density and glossy hi-fi coating” of Wilson’s new sound.

    For the recording session at his Fivestarstudios in Los Angeles, Wilson was joined by friends like Father John Misty (“49 Hairflips”) and Lana Del Rey (“Living With Myself”). His Waters tourmates Lucius appear on a trio of tracks, while ambient musician Laraaji provides backup on “Loving You”. The first song off the record, “Over the Midnight”, finds Wilson on a seven-minute journey to that special place only lovers can go. “I wanted to write a song about a sacred place for lovers to exist and I named that destination, process, mood or feeling ‘Over the Midnight’,” he explained in a press release. “It’s a place where nothing is savage.”


    Take a listen via the single’s video below.

    Rare Birds Artwork:

    Rare Birds Tracklist:
    01. Trafalgar Square (feat. Lucius)
    02. Me
    03. Over The Midnight
    04. There’s A Light (feat. Lucius)
    05. Sunset Boulevard
    06. Rarebirds (feat. Lucius)
    07. 49 Hair Flips (feat. Father John Misty)
    08. Miriam Montague
    09. Loving You (feat. Laraaji)
    10. Living With Myself (feat. Lana Del Rey)
    11. Hard To Get Over
    12. Hi Ho The Righteous
    13. Mulholland Queen

    Wilson will continue to tour with Waters next year, but will also make time for his own headlining trek and festival appearances. Find his upcoming solo itinerary below.

    Jonathan Wilson 2017-2018 Tour Dates:
    12/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
    12/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
    12/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
    03/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    03/03 – Detroit, MI @ Third Man
    03/05 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
    03/07 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    03/08 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
    03/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    03/10 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
    03/14 – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
    03/15 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
    03/16 – Leeds, UK @ Burdened Social Club
    03/17 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
    03/19 – London, UK @ Omeara
    03/20 – London, UK @ Omeara
    03/21 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère
    03/24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
    03/25 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
    03/27 – Cologne, DE @ Stadtgarten
    03/28 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
    03/29 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspicher
    03/31 – Copenhagen, DK @ Little Vega Hall
    04/01 – Stockholm, SWE @ Bryggarsalen
    04/03 – Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret