Back in January, word surfaced that Neil Young and Jack White were working on an album together. While his camp initially shut down the reports, Young has confirmed to Billboard that White will indeed be featured on the LP, which is titled A Letter Home.
The album was recorded in Nashville at White’s Third Man Records Studios and will feature White on two tracks. It’s unclear if White also produced the album, though that seems like a reasonable bet.
Young previously described the album as “one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had,” comprised of covers songs by various singer-songwriters. As Billboard notes, the idea for A Letter Home “appeared to be hatched by a version of Bert Jansch’s ‘The Needle of Death’, which Young recorded for Record Store Day 2013 in White’s 1947 Voice-o-Graph booth. ” Who totally called that?
Young said the album will be released “very soon.” He explained, “It’s not ready for prime time yet. It’s not really a release yet, but it’s a very unique record. It’s like a time capsule. It doesn’t sound like anything you’ve heard that was made recently. And some great songs, some beautiful music.”
Young, who just this week launched his digital music service Pono, has a few other projects in the works. He told Billboard that he’s working on new, original music and would also like to make an album with a “full-blown orchestra, live — a mono recording with one mic.” He’s also writing a new memoir, Special Deluxe, which will focus on his love of automobiles. He added, “So it’s a history through automobiles, and it’s a history of automobiles and it’s a history of the environmental impact of automobiles. And it’s a projection into the future of automobiles. It has it’s own agenda that develops over the book.”