Robert Plant has shared the first taste of his forthcoming album lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar.
A departure from the folk-rock influences of his last album, 2010’s Band of Joy, “Rainbow” puts the former Led Zeppelin frontman’s smooth vocals against a building, percussive pulse. In a recent press release, Plant even described the new sound as “very crunchy and gritty, very West African and very Massive Attack-y.” And whatever “Massive Attack-y” means, it seems the 11-track effort has caught Plant in a state of celebration. Nine of the 11 tracks were written by Plant with his new band The Sensational Space Shifters.
“The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood,” Plant said. “I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music… and now I’m able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidoscope of sound, colour and friendship.”
lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar will be released Sept. 9 via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Preorders are also available at Plant’s website and come with an instant download of “Rainbow,” which you can listen to above. You can catch Plant and his Sensational Shape Shifters on tour this fall.