Bruce Hornsby announces new studio album ‘Flicted’ and shares first single ‘Sidelines’

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Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby has announced his new studio album ‘Flcity will be released on May 27 via his own Zappo Productions/Thirty Tigers. To celebrate the record announcement, the Grateful Dead alum and ’80s icon shared the LP’s lead single “Sidelines.”

‘Flcity was recorded in the summer of 2021 and follows Hornsby’s acclaimed albums absolute zero and Insecure connection. According to a press release, the LP completes the trilogy of song collections based on film “clues” that Hornsby composed for writer and director Spike Lee. This approach allowed Hornsby to explore new stylistic techniques and to work with a wide range of artists. “The title of the album ‘Flitted relates to this weird time we live in, when the world is basically, well, “inflicted,” Hornsby explained in the statement.

“Sidelines” features a duet between Hornsby and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and features Black Mills – who co-wrote the song – on guitar. The first film was released along with an accompanying video, directed by animator Kitty Ninon Anais Faingold.

Faingold spoke of the video, “I wanted the video to read like visual poetry using allegorical imagery and a stream of consciousness working method. I also wanted to give it an artisanal look to emphasize the song’s sensibility and the vulnerability of the lyrics, so I worked with watercolors on thin computer paper which I then photographed. It gave the animation a lot of texture and a level of DIY analog imperfection that I think works well with the idea of ​​vulnerability and human emotion.

Horsby went into more detail on the writing of the single, “‘Sidelines’ is a song about hysteria in various forms, starting with the Salem witch trials of the 1600s and then the current panic of the pandemic era. It features vocally angular melodic content and a pointillist central instrumental section.

The album, which was co-produced by Hornsby and Tony Berg, is 12 tracks and also features a duet with Danielle Haim, contributions from Rob Moose and the first ever cover song to appear on a Hornsby studio release; “Too Much Monkey Business” by Chuck Berry.

Additionally, Hornsby and his band, the Noisemakers, will embark on a full-scale tour starting March 26. The tour includes performances at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago, the Taft Theater in Cincinnati and Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bowl in New York, as well as festivals like Elkhart Jazz Fest, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Strings Music Festival and more.

Pre-order ‘Flcity here.

Read Relix‘s feature on Hornsby here.

Listen to Sidelines below:

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‘Flicted Tracklist
1. Sidelines (with Ezra Koenig and with Blake Mills)
2. Beacon
3. The dog
4. Too Much Monkey Business
5. Maybe now
6. Bucket List
7. Days Ahead (with Danielle Haim)
8. Lidar
9. Is That It
10. I’ve Had Enough
11. Simple Prayer II (with Z. Berg, Ethan Gruska and Rob Moose)
12. Omega Point

Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers Live Tour
March 26—Savannah, GA—Savannah Music Festival (Lucas Theater)
March 27—Augusta, GA—Miller Theater*
March 29—Knoxville, TN—Bijou Theater*
March 30—Chattanooga, TN—Walker Theatre*
April 1—Birmingham, AL—The Lyric Theatre*
April 2—New Orleans, LA—Hogs For The Cause
June 17—Gethsemane, KY—The Amp at Dant Crossing
June 20—Interlochen, MI—Kresge Auditorium†
June 21—Chicago, IL—Athenaeum Theatre†
June 23—Indianapolis, IN—Explode 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 12-14—Lyons, CO—Rocky Mountain Folk 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†
October 14—Omaha, NE—Holland Performing Arts Center (An Evening with Bruce Hornsby and the Omaha Symphony)
*with Gibb Droll
†with CARM
‡ with Bonny Light Horseman
§w/ Shawn Colvin & CARM