Neil Young & Crazy Horse have shared "Song Of The Seasons," the first single from the group's forthcoming album, Barn.
A beautiful, acoustic guitar- and harmonica-driven tune, the song recalls – rather than the high-gain glory of Young's most famous work with Crazy Horse – the homespun, country-tinged folk-rock of his early '70s commercial peak.
“This is the first track of Barn, our new album with Crazy Horse," Young wrote of the tune in a statement to fans on the Neil Young Archives. "It’s the oldest song on the record, written about this time last year.”
You can give the song a spin below.
Featuring Nils Lofgren on guitar, and the rhythm section of bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina – who have been with Crazy Horse since their founding as The Rockets in 1968 – Barn is the follow-up to 2019's Colorado, and was recorded “high in the Rockies” via the Le Mobile Recording Studio.
"These are new times, with new songs and feelings after what our world has been through and continues to face," Young wrote in a Neil Young Archives post discussing the album's creation in June.
"This music we are making for our souls. It's like a fresh water on a desert. Life is going on."
Barn – which was produced by Young and Niko Bolas – is set for a December 10 release via Reprise. You can preorder the album here, and check out its tracklist below.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barn:
1. Song of the Seasons
2. Heading West
3. Change Ain’t Never Gonna
5. Shape of You
6. They Might Be Lost
7. Human Race
8. Tumblin’ Thru the Years
9. Welcome Back
10. Don’t Forget Love
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