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Robert Plant releasing 'Carry Fire' on October 13th

Robert Plant has announced his new album, titled Carry Fire, will be released on October 13th, with the lead single, "The May Queen" already debuting online. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that The PretendersChrissie Hynde joins Plant on a cover of Ersel Hickey's 1958 semi-classic "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" -- a tune which the Beach Boys most famously covered on their 1969 20/20 album. Once again, Plant's steady band, Sensational Shape Shifters, provides backing on the new set.

Plant appeared on the BBC 6 Music and spoke in length about Carry Fire and his current work, explaining, "It’s about intention. I respect and relish my past works, but each time I feel the incentive to create new work, I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat -- the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation."

  • He went on to praise the experience he earned during his years as a songwriter in Led Zeppelin: "I look for a theme from all the stuff I’d written down and then I just roll on. I’ve been very fortunate. I was in the greatest cross-sectional band ever. Not for melody, but for power and energy and inventivity – a very good word."
  • Plant went on to make the connection between Carry Fire and his past projects: "I’ve done a lot of other things, from the Honeydrippers or working with Alison Krauss, which was beautifully romantic. When you’re singing alongside Alison, and she’s got a twinkle in her eye, and you’re singing about the pitfalls of romance, it can be difficult. I really loved the songs of Roy Orbison and people like that. 'The Big O' really sang about love and captured that area of the teenage angst. I’m no longer a teenager, but I’m aware as time goes on, if you listen to singing about love, it’s usually broken love. It’s seldom you extol the virtues of a life in successful love. Show me a happy writer, I’ll show you a rubbish writer! I see things going on around me; I see the rub of love, the energies, the electricity. I’m not giving up -- I have a season ticket."
  • Robert Plant explained that throughout his career he’s luckily been able to rise to heights of the talent surrounding him: “It’s the company you keep, y’know? I mean that’s the very essence of life within and surrounding music. I mean, I’m very, very fortunate not to be held down by not being an instrumentalist. I can, kind of, arrive and disappear and I can add to a moment with a group of people -- or I can destroy the moment.”
  • Plant told us that he works hard to maintain a certain level of quality control in everything he does: “Well, you set the bar at a certain height in performance and in mending with your fellow man. You can’t drop too far down below that. Still, we labor on, but the bar must be kept high and you can’t. . .  I don’t wish to do anything that’s anything below the bar. I keep the bar really high. And the responsibility is, to keep in my own heart, to make sure that I don’t waste my gift.”

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