Monday, April 25th 2011
News: Eddie Vedder
The cover for Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder‘s upcoming Ukulele Songs album has surfaced, with a bit of an interesting backstory:
The setting in the photo was designed by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, who specializes in designing remarkable underwater sculptures. The name of the piece is entitled The Lost Correspondent, and the artist’s website explains the work as such: The Lost Correspondent depicts a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter. The desk is covered with a collection of newspaper articles and cuttings that date back to the 1970s. Many of these have political significance, a number detail Grenada’s alignment with Cuba in the period immediately prior to the revolution. The work informs the rapid changes in communication between generations. Taking the form of a traditional correspondent, the lone figure becomes little more than a relic, a fossil in a lost world.
Fascinating to Pearl Jam fans, no doubt, as Vedder has never been one to casually associate symbolism with his work (fans are still deciphering the voluminous hidden meanings in the cover of Pearl Jam’s last album Backspacer).
Even better news is that you can hear tracks of every song on Ukulele Songs over at Amazon.
[UPDATE: The song clips have been removed. Bastards.]
As opener Satellite clearly indicates, the full-band sound that robbed some of the intimacy of certain solo Vedder tracks on Pearl Jam releases is mercifully absent, replaced with an up-close solitary presence that lends itself well to the solitary sound architecture of the ukulele.
Can’t wait for May 31! We’ll keep you posted on order info when it’s available. In the meantime, check out the new song Longing To Belong, as well as Sleeping By Myself and Tonight You Belong To Me. Good stuff.
Thanks to TwoFeetThick for the heads up!