For a singer-songwriter who has covered an entire Judy Garland concert note for note, scored a French Opera, and most recently wrote and performed a full song-cycle in ornate concert halls across the country, perhaps the next logical step for Rufus Wainwright would be a more poppy album produced by hit-maker Mark Ronson.
Rolling Stone reports that Wainwright is currently in a New York studio working on a new album and trying to shed some light on this cruel world. “The main objective not for the entire album, necessarily, but for portions of it is to be danceable,” he said. “I just want to make something that you love, driving around in your car listening or losing your mind to on a dance floor. Something to serenade us through these very, very troubling times.”
Ronson, who has previously helmed releases by Adele, Amy Winehouse, and The Black Lips to name a few, will be credited as producer for the currently untitled album. You needn’t stretch the imagination too far to figure out Wainwright’s reasons for selecting Ronson: ”One is that he’s made a lot of hit records,” Wainwright said. “Two, the records sound amazing. And three is that he’s really good-looking.”
Studiomance notwithstanding, Wainwright told Rolling Stone about a couple of songs he’s already laid down including “Candles”, a tribute to his late mother, Kate McGarrigle; an untitled song about Montauk, where Wainwright and his partner Jorn Weisbrodt reside; and “I’m Out of the Game,” a tune about giving up on stardom. “Hopefully it’s a sarcastic number — but who knows,” Wainwright said.
Check back for more updates on the album including official tracklist and release date in the coming months. Until then, dust off those dancing shoes, Wainwright fans; the party’s coming soon.