With the pandemic having forced many artists off the road and into the studio we have seen a steady stream of inspired ‘lockdown albums’ in recent months.
And the Tedeschi Trucks Band are no exception. Far from it. Their recent announcement of a substantial quadruple album release titled I Am the Moon currently has fans on the edge of their seats.
Comprising 24 songs spread over four albums, the band’s latest studio project is their most ambitious to date, with Susan Tedeschi reaching for new musical heights alongside slide phenom Derek Trucks.
Arranged into four parts, the first instalment of I Am the Moon will appear as I Am The Moon: I. Crescent on June 3.
The remaining parts are scheduled to land every four weeks thereafter, as follows: I Am The Moon: II. Ascension on July 1; I Am The Moon: III. The Fall on July 29; and I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell on August 26.
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With over two hours of music in the can the idea for a series of four distinct releases arose when, "We started thinking of records we love," recalled Trucks.
Citing Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking 1967 album Axis: Bold as Love as a major source of inspiration the guitarist points out that, “It’s 36 minutes long,” adding, “That’s the way to digest a record.”
In order to allow fans the opportunity to soak up and reflect on I Am the Moon together, a series of companion films directed by Alix Lambert will be unveiled a few days prior to each album release.
You can keep a lookout for those on the Tedeschi Trucks Band YouTube channel.
Following a suggestion by vocalist Mike Mattison some two year ago, the Tedeschi Trucks Band were inspired to create a fresh interpretation of Nizami Ganjavi’s poem, Layla & Majnun – the same work that inspired the title of Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
Last year, the Tedeschi Trucks band released a live performace of Clapton's album titled Layla Revisited (Live at Lockn'). Nevertheless, "You always want to do something bigger and thematic,” reflected Trucks. “This is the first time it happened naturally."
Pre-order I Am The Moon: I. Crescent here.
A limited-edition 180g black vinyl Deluxe Box Set featuring all four albums will be available September 9.
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