‘Flittedthe latest album from the keyboardist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornby is out now via his Zappo Productions / Thirty Tigers. The album was co-produced by Hornsby and Tony Berg and features contributions from Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Danielle Haim (Haim), Ethan Gruska, Z. Berg, Rob Moose (Mumford & Sons) and yMusicas well as additional production work from Ariel Rechtshaid and wayne poole.
To celebrate the new release, Hornsby shared a self-directed video for the song “Days Ahead” featuring Danielle Haim. He previously released a video for “Sidelines,” which features Ezra Koenig on vocals and Blake Mills on the guitar. The video was produced by Kitty Faingold.
‘Flitted is the third in a series of three songbooks based on music composed for the filmmaker Spike Lee (absolute zero and Insecure connection were the first two). Hornsby’s goal for the album was to make a more upbeat record overall, talking about COVID-19 using the world of science as a recurring influence.
“The title of the album ‘Flitted relates to this strange time that we live in, where the world is basically, well, “inflicted,” he explained.
The album hears the veteran musician push into unmarked territory, experimenting with unique sonic textures and rhythms and deep, contemplative lyrics. His irreverent sense of humor also shines through, for example in the lyrics of “The Hound”, which say “You might be known forever / Like the guy in the locker room who jumped the bone / Or the math guy who shit his pants / Or got the wet spot at the cotillion dance / At the cotillion dance / It’s the thick skin age / It’s all for fun, don’t be sensitive / Let go, have fun / It’s the age of thick skin, thick skin / thick skin.
Hornsby resists the temptation to stick to one genre, venturing into hip-hop and dance music with tracks like “Too Much Monkey Business”, “Maybe Now” and “Bucket List”. For those who know Bruce primarily as a pianist, these songs in particular will come as a surprise. “Point Omega” offers melodious reflections on the mysteries of nature with a jazzy swing: “Neutrinos cross the earth / How do we know? We just know that the studies show.
Hornsby and his band the Buzzers will embark on a long series of 2022 tour dates starting in June with stops at Brooklyn bowl in New York, the Troubadour to the, Athenaeum Theater in Chicago, and Taft Theater in Cincinnati. The group will also make appearances at Elkhart Jazz Festival, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, String Music Festival and more. Additional dates for 2022 will be announced shortly.
‘Flitted is now available on all streaming platforms. Watch the video for ‘Days Ahead’ and stream’Flitted in the players below, and scroll down to see the untracked album and tour dates.
1. Sidelines (with Ezra Koenig and with Blake Mills)
3. The dog
4. Too Much Monkey Business
5. Maybe now
6. Bucket List
7. Days Ahead (with Danielle Haim)
9. Is This It (with yMusic)
10. I’ve Had Enough (with yMusic)
11. Simple Prayer II (with Z. Berg, Ethan Gruska and Rob Moose)
12. Omega Point
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BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS LIVE
June 18—Elkhart, IN—Elkhart Jazz Festival
June 20—Interlochen, MI—Kresge Auditorium†
June 21—Chicago, IL—Athenaeum Theatre†
June 23—Indianapolis, IN—Break through the ruins at Vogue Outdoors‡
June 24—Cincinnati, OH—Taft Theater†
June 26—Hammondsport, NY—Point of the Bluff Vineyards Pavilion†
June 28—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl†
June 30—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap Filene Center§
August 5—Ojai, Calif.—Libbey Bowl
August 6—West Hollywood, California—Troubadour
Aug. 9—Flagstaff, AZ—Pepsi Amphitheater
August 11—Beaver Creek, CO—Vilar Performing Arts Center†
August 13—Lyons, CO—Rocky Mountain Folk Festival
August 14—Steamboat Springs, CO—Strings Music Festival
Aug. 17—Livingston, Montana—Pine Creek Lodge†
August 21—San Francisco, CA—Palace of Fine Arts†
August 23—Seattle, WA—Neptune Theater†
Aug. 25—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall†
September 24—Springfield, MO—Gillioz Theater (An Evening with Bruce Hornsby)
October 14—Omaha, NE—Holland Performing Arts Center (An Evening with Bruce Hornsby and the Omaha Symphony)
† with CARM
‡ with Bonny Light Horseman
§ with Shawn Colvin & CARM
Show tour dates
Bruce Hornsby – “Days Ahead”
Bruce Hornsby – ‘Flitted