Ben Folds has announced a new album due out digitally this spring, with a physical release coming in summer. The as-yet-untitled LP is a collaboration between Folds and the New York City instrumental outfit yMusic.
Recorded in less than two weeks in Fold’s RCA Studio A in Nashville as well as New York and Los Angeles, Folds said the album “is a pop record, if that’s what you call what I write.” The piano pop maestro also says he can’t “recall ever being quite so excited about an album,” adding, “It’s just that we don’t often get to make a record that we’ve never heard before. The arrangements you will hear on this record are straight up rock – not ornamentation. The odd instrumentation – piano, cello, viola, violin, flute/piccolo/alto flute, trumpet/French horn, and clarinet/bass clarinet, with no bass and more often than not, no drums – is yielding something that I can’t wait to release.”
In support of the release, Folds and yMusic have announced a string of US tour dates, including a stop at Bonnaroo. Their complete itinerary is below. Folds also promises a solo world tour commencing in June.
The collaborative release isn’t the only record coming from Folds this year; his 2013 work Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is also getting a recorded release. Folds has been touring the world for much of the last year performing the three-movement concerto with renowned symphony orchestras.
Ben Folds and yMusic 2015 Tour Dates:
04/23 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre Portland
04/24 – Boston, MA @ Royale
04/25 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
04/27 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/01 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
05/02 – Richmond, VA @ The National
05/06 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live