By Annie Reuter
Neil Young and Jack White have been working together, but the final product isn’t what was previously reported. Earlier this month, rumors spread on whether Young and White were collaborating on a classic covers album. Young cleared up these “false rumors” via his Facebook page, before announcing the album news on his website. “Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumours have no basis in truth,” his Facebook stated.
It turns out that White’s Third Man Records will be releasing Young’s forthcoming album A Letter Home. According to Rolling Stone, the new album was recorded on “ancient electro-mechanical technology” and will be released in March.
A message posted on Young’s website and Third Man Records earlier this week said A Letter Home is “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.” Of the album, Young told Rolling Stone it was “one of the lowest-tech experience I’ve ever had.”
Earlier this week, Young was honored at the President’s Merit Award from the Producers & Engineers Wing where he gave a passionate speech on the importance of recording, the story behind “Like a Hurricane,” and how he tries “to get magic” every time he records a song.
“The idea is, for me, to try to get magic. Who knows where the hell it’s coming from? I don’t – so please record. It’s expensive to sit here and not push the button,” he said.