Elvis Costello is teaming up with his longtime backing band the Imposters for their first new album in just over a decade.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and past Stern Show guest dropped the news on Friday along with “Under Lime” and “Unwanted Number,” two preview tracks from the 12-song LP coming in October.
“Unwanted Number” is a song Elvis penned a few decades back for Allison Anders’ 1996 film “Grace of My Heart,” but it had never gotten a proper recording until now. He released a lyric video for the tune (above), which reportedly tells the tale of a teenager dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. “Under Lime,” the album’s opening number, is another up-tempo track with brass and woodwinds galore. Listen (below).
Though Costello is constantly churning out new music, “Look Now” is his first new album with the Imposters since 2008’s “Momofuku.” It will feature several contributions from frequent collaborator Burt Bacharach as well as one song, “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter,” co-written by Carole King.
In 2015, Elvis joined the Stern Show studio to discuss his memoir, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.” During his interview the rock legend also opened up about several facets of his career, from songwriting with Sir Paul McCartney to a surprise performance of "Radio, Radio" on “Saturday Night Live.” Check out more from his sit down with Howard here.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters' "Look Now" is available Oct. 12. Get the full track listing here.