Elvis Costello recently revealed the upsetting news that he’d undergone surgery to treat an aggressive form of cancer, which forced him to cancel a summer tour. Now, the lauded singer/songwriter has something more positive to report: He’ll be releasing a new studio album called Look Now on October 12.
Costello recorded the album with his longtime backing group The Imposters, marking the first project he’s made with the band since 2008’s Momofuku.
Elvis says he wanted Look Now to feature some of the same as aspects as a couple of his critically acclaimed earlier albums.
“I knew if we could make an album with the scope of [1986’s] Imperial Bedroom and some of the beauty and emotion of [1998’s] Painted from Memory, we would really have something,” he maintains.
Painted from Memory was a collaboration with Burt Bacharach, and the legendary composer also co-wrote two songs on Look Now — “Don’t Look Now” and “Photographs Can Lie” — and also plays piano on the tunes. In addition, another songwriting giant, Carole King, collaborated with Costello on a song titled “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter.”
The standard version of Look Now features 12 songs, while a deluxe edition includes an additional four bonus tracks.
Fans pre-ordering digital versions of Look Now will immediately receive digital downloads of two of the album’s tracks: “Under Lime” and “Unwanted Number.” You can check out a lyric video for “Unwanted Number” at Elvis’ official YouTube channel.
After the release of Look Now, Elvis is slated to return to the road for fall North American tour with The Imposters that kicks off November 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
See the tracklisting below:
“Don’t Look Now”
“Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter”
“I Let the Sun Go Down”
“Mr. & Mrs. Hush”
“Photographs Can Lie”
“Dishonor the Stars”
“Suspect My Tears”
“Why Won’t Heaven Help Me?”
“He’s Given Me Things”
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
“Isabelle in Tears”
“Adieu Paris (L’Envie des Étoiles)”
“The Final Mrs. Curtain”
“You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way”