Back in January, Jenny Lewis revealed that she was eyeing a spring release for her latest solo LP, her first since 2008’s Acid Tongue. Now, thanks to a few different sources (via Stereogum), more details have emerged: in an interview with the Charleston City Paper, Lewis revealed the album is titled The Voyager. Meanwhile, thanks to her artist page on the Austin City Limits festival website, we’ve learned the release date is actually set for July via Warner Bros.
In ther Charleston City Paper interview, Lewis discussed why it took her six-plus years to finish Voyager. “I worked on these songs for a long time so there’s no stone unturned, lyrically,” she said. “I thought about them while walking on the mountain near my house. I thought about them while flying on airplanes. I thought about them while lying awake with terrible insomnia. I finished them standing in line at Vons. While I was brushing my teeth. I was obsessed. So I feel like they’re done. My poem is finished.”
Lewis previously said the album was inspired by many sleepless nights and her score for the Anne Hathaway-starring One Song. “Sometimes it take an experience like this to get you out of your own head and to get you out of your own routine at songwriting,” she explained. “So I found it really inspiring, and it made me want to get back to myself and that sort of news-ticker in my head and my own inner monologue.”
She also said she was unsure whether “Completely Not Me”, her contribution to the Girls soundtrack, would be included on the album. However, just last week, Lewis debuted four new songs during a show at the Roxy: “Slippery Slopes”, “The New You”, “Love U Forever”, and “She’s Not Me”.
In the meantime, revisit “Completely Not Me”.