Singer0songwriter Ben Folds has announced the release of his first album on New West records, titled So There, set for a September 11 release. The album features eight new chamber-pop songs recorded and produced in collaboration with yMusic, a NYC-based sextet, and includes a recording of Folds’ 21-minute “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra,” performed with the Nashville Symphony.
“I don’t recall ever being quite so excited about an album I’m making,” says Folds. “I’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or not. It’s just that we don’t often get to make a record that we’ve never heard before. The arrangements you will hear on this record are straight up rock – not ornamentation. The odd instrumentation – piano, cello, viola, violin, flute/piccolo/alto flute, trumpet/French horn, and clarinet/bass clarinet, with no bass and more often than not, no drums – is yielding something that I can’t wait to release. It’s a pop record, if that’s what you call what I write.”
Stream Folds’ latest single, “Capable of Anything,” here.