Brian Wilson is working on a new album which will reportedly include contributions from Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean.
The former Beach Boys frontman is currently recording his next studio effort and Rolling Stone, via Pitchfork, reports that he has recruited an A-list group of collaborators, with Zooey Deschanel and country singer Kacey Musgraves also said to be involved.
“This project blows my mind,” Wilson is quoted as saying. “I had no idea we could pull this off!” Ocean is believed to appear on a song titled ‘Special Love’, while Del Rey track ‘Last Song’ is described as “haunting”. Meanwhile, Deschanel’s ‘On The Island’ is a “space-age bossa nova” and country singer Musgraves song is titled ‘Sharing A New Day.’
However, early reaction to the record from within Wilson’s fan base has been less positive, to the extend that Wilson has responded and spoken directly to fans via Facebook.
Posting on his official account, Wilson wrote: “To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right.
“I’m really proud of these new songs and to hear these great artists sing on them just blows me away. I love what we’ve done. I would think that after making music for more than 50 years, my fans would understand that I’ll always do what’s in my heart – and I think that’s why you are my fans. So let’s just wait until the album comes out because I think you just might dig it as much as I do.”
Wilson previously disclosed that he has also been working with Joe Thomas, with Jeff Beck and former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin on the album, which currently has no release date.