Neil Young has announced a new album with his longtime bandmates Crazy Horse titled Psychedelic Pill, due this October. Surprisingly enough, Young and Crazy Horse already collaborated on an album, Americana, which was released just three months ago. However, current information suggests that Psychedelic will be a horse of different color, swiftly departing from the feel of Americana, which focused solely on covers of folk standards.
In this new release, Young seems primed for two things in particular: returning to his roots, and stretching rock music to its limits. Case in point to the former – at the opening show of their new tour held in Albuquerque earlier this month, Young and Crazy Horse debuted six new songs that will likely appear on the new album. One of which, “Twisted Road,” pays homage to Young’s contemporaries as well as his heroes, citing Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Hank Williams among others. And to the latter — an update on Young’s website revealed that “a double-CD and triple-vinyl will be released because of the lengths of many of the songs.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Crazy Horse guitarist Frank “Pancho” Sampedro discussed the twenty-minute album track “Walk Like A Giant.”
“Neil came into the studio and he had that song; we played it one time and the next thing we know we’re doing overdubs. Then he played it for us. The playback just blew our minds. We had no idea we’d done something that big. I imagine it’s about Earth being destroyed by this giant, and we’re screening the planet for survivors and shit. I have all these images going through my head. It’s really crazy.”
Young’s memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, is due October 2 via Blue Rider Press.