Yoko Ono announces new album 'Take Me To The Land Of Hell'
Follow-up to 2009's 'Between My Head And The Sky' features Tune-Yards and Lenny Kravitz
The album comes four years after her previous studio album 'Between My Head And The Sky', and was recorded in New York with her son Sean Lennon and drummer Yuka Honda. The Yoko Ono Plastic Ono band who play on the album also features members of Cornelius and Cibo Matto, plus guest appearances from Tune-Yards, Questlove, Nels Cline and Andrew Wyatt.
Speaking to NME recently, she said: "I am very happy with the album, and I'm really starting to appreciate the line-up of this band. Sean is very finicky, you know? Attention to detail and so on. He's very precise and clear in what he wants from everyone. Of course, now the album is finished I don't want to wait until September. I just want to release it NOW."
The album also includes remixes by Beastie Boys Mike D & Adrock and Keigo "Cornelius" Oyamada. The record was planned and made during 2012, when Ono's To The Light show was at London's Serpentine Gallery. She also opened the retrospective exhibition Half-A-Room in Frankfurt, wrote a book, Acorn, and had her 10th No 1 hit 'Hold Me' on the US Billboard Dance Chart.
Most recently, she curated the Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre, which features performances by Peaches, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Boy George,Patrick Wolf, Savages, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, and a closing night collaborative performance with Siouxsie of Ono's 'Walking On Thin Ice'.
Ono said: "My new album comes at a very special time for me. I'm so happy that it's being released after all the incredible shows that made up Meltdown. The energy I have right now, and the desire to continue to make as much great work as I can, is really moving me forwards all the time. This album is the culmination of a lot of ideas I’ve been having over the last few years and I feel proud to release it at such an exciting time of my life".
The opening track of the new album, Moonbeams, was recently previewed on Soundcloud. You can hear it here.