Elvis Costello has released the latest single from his upcoming album Hey Clockface, entitled Newspaper Pane. You can take a listen above.
The song is the fifth single to arrive from the forthcoming album, but the first to not be recorded in either Helsinki or Paris before the current global pandemic. Instead, it was written and produced in New York by composer/arranger, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with Bill Frisell, with Costello adding lyrics remotely.
My view of the world was coloured by the fact that my parents separated, and I used to go to the movies – the pictures as we called them – with my mother. I saw a lot of A-rated [adult-advisory] films, such as Alfie. Nothing too scandalous, but I felt like a teenager by the age of 11. TV at the time was all Z-Cars, Randall and Hopkirk and The Dustbinmen. Really bad television, but once in a while, you would get something that was as well-written and super-intense as the films.
Talking to a Stranger.
Talking to a Stranger was a four-part television series written by John Hopkins for the BBC, about a late-teenage college student who had killed herself, and how the family didn’t speak to each other. I found it dark and upsetting, and it went in very deep, but somewhere during it I fell in love with Judi Dench, who starred in it. She wasn’t a pinup-type beauty. She was unusual-looking, with this little haircut. Something about her made me feel funny in ways I didn’t understand. Years later, I met her and told her I’d had a massive crush on her in 1966. It was the fulfilment of a dream.
Elvis Costello talked about his cancer scare and his new album Look Now during an interview with CBS . Costello and his Impostors played three cuts off their latest LP.
1969 was the year Fleetwood Mac’s Man of the World came out, and the year I first picked up an instrument. I had a guitar that had been bought as a souvenir from a holiday in Spain that had been gathering dust in a corner. I was 14 and, for whatever reason, Man of the World became my signature tune in my head. I felt like the doomed romantic in the song. I became so obsessed that I got the chords from someone at school and worked on it for three months. I’m so grateful to Peter Green because that song is like going to university on chords. Usually for your first song you’d learn She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain or Kumbaya, My Lord or whatever, but this had lots of minor chords and a really strange harmonic pattern. I still love the song and it still makes me very emotional. It opened the door. Once I could play that, I realised that with four chords I was able to play any song I liked, and I started writing my own as well.
In July, Costello canceled a string of tour dates after revealing that he was battling a “small but very aggressive cancer malignancy.” Costello assured viewers that, despite rumors in the British tabloids, his health is now fine.
“I’m great. I was extremely lucky to have this little thing found,” Costello said of the cancer scare. “I was answering letters for three weeks, ‘No, I am not dying.’ But it’s not to make a joke of it because you don’t have to walk very far to find someone who is really having a fight [with cancer].”
Costello also talked to CBS This Morning‘s Anthony Mason about his new album Look Now, which Rolling Stone hailed as Costello “updating the emotional and musical possibilities behind some of the most beloved music of his great career.”
The album boasts “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter,” a track Costello co-wrote with Carole King. “I was on tour with Bob Dylan in 1995 and I got to the last show in Dublin and Carole King’s in the band, and we wrote this song,” Costello explained of the collaboration.