Earlier this week, Neil Young let the cat out of the bag and confirmed that Jack White will in fact be featured on his new album, A Letter Home. Now, in an interview with SPIN, Young spoke more of the album’s recording process. Specifically, it was made in White’s infamous 1940s-era Voice-o-Graph recording booth.
Young described the Voice-O-Graph as “A phone booth. It’s all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl.” It results in a “lo-fi analog record”, which Young described as “retro-tech.” However, in keeping with the spirit of his new music service Pono, it’ll feature a high-resolution sound. As he explained, “You can make a lo-fi, analog record, direct to vinyl, transfer it to 192, and you have a high res copy of a lo-fi vinyl record.”
As previously reported, the album will feature cover songs by equally illustrious singer-songwriters, such as Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Phil Ochs, and more. It was inspired by a version of Bert Jansch’s “The Needle of Death”, which Young recorded for Record Store Day 2013.
Below, watch a video about White’s recording booth featuring The Raconteurs‘ Brendan Benson.