Pearl Jam fans must be salivating in anticipation of summer: theres that mysterious, locationless festival, the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary, and everything frontman Eddie Vedder has planned for himself, namely, his forthcoming solo album fittingly entitled Ukulele Songs, and a subsequent solo tour. The album is due out May 31st, and the cover art above has just been revealed.
The image, courtesy of Antiquiet (via TwoFeetThick), comes from artist Jason deCaires Taylor, famed for his underwater sculptures. This one is called “The Lost Correspondent”, and sits 8 meters (just about 26.5 feet) down in the ocean near the West Indian island of Grenada.
As described on the artists website, the work 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 Grenadas 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 word.
Assumptions can be made regarding Vedders choice of the image, as hes never been one to choose artwork indiscriminately. Perhaps he feels the ukulele has become as antiquated as solitary journalists and, much like Twitter has done for newsmakers, seeks to bring attention to the instrument. Or, ya know, perhaps something else entirely.
The complete track listing for Ukulele Songs and Vedders upcoming solo tour dates can be seen below. You can check out the lead single, Longing to Belong, here, and Antiquiet has some live previews of other tracks recorded during Vedders recent Australian trek.
Ukulele Songs Tracklist:
01. Cant Keep
02. Sleeping by Myself
03. Without You
04. More Than You Know
06. Broken Heart
08. Longing to Belong
09. Hey Fahkah
10. Youre True
11. Light Today
12. Sleepless Nights (feat. Glen Hansard)
13. Once in Awhile
14. Waving Palms
15. Tonight You Belong to Me (feat. Cat Power)
16. Dream a Little Dream
Eddie Vedder Solo 2011 Tour Dates:
06/15 Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center (PAC)
06/16 Boston, MA @ The Wang Theatre
06/18 Hartford, CT @ The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
06/21 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
06/22 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
06/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre06/26 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
06/28 Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
07/01 St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
07/02 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
07/05 San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
07/06 Long Beach, CA @ Terrace Theater
07/08 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
07/09 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11 Oakland, CA @ The Paramount Theatre
07/14 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
07/15 Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall