A posthumous Leonard Cohen album is reportedly in the works, according to his son – and producer – Adam Cohen.
Cohen passed away in November 2016 at the age of 82. Adam worked as a producer on his father’s last album, 2016’s ‘You Want It Darker’.
Speaking in a new interview with CBC’s q, Adam revealed that he has been working on an unfinished collection of songs by his father. “I was tasked with finishing a few more songs of his that we started together on the last album, so his voice is literally still in my life,” Cohen said. “It’s a bizarre and delicious entanglement.”
“To make a long story short, I believe that there are some really beautiful new songs of Leonard Cohen that no one’s heard that are at some point going to come out,” he explained, adding that the tone of this material “resembles his older work, something more romantic.”
“There are these songs that exist that he wanted finished, these incredible powerful readings that were set to music,” he said. “It’s going to surprise and delight.”
Earlier this year, Arctic Monkeys‘ frontman Alex Turner described how Leonard Cohen had influenced their latest album, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino‘.
“I suppose on the last Monkeys record, and even the record [The Last Shadow Puppets‘ ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’] I did just before this with Miles [Kane], there are songs that are about what they’re about, you know?” he said. “Like ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ or whatever, it starts and ends with here.
“Maybe that thing spills onto some of the other tracks or the tone of that, but I think I became less concerned on this album [with] compartmentalising every idea to the point where each song became this episode that starts and ends in three minutes. I feel like I allowed me sen to spread these ideas across this while record, but make them all pull in the same direction.”
Asked how he felt about people pulling one or two lines out of each song and them losing their context, Turner replied: “I think saw Leonard Cohen talking about writing and that idea if you pull out one thing from one his songs, you’re gonna be like, ‘What is he on about?’ But in the context of everything, I feel like you know exactly where he’s coming from, especially with a writer like him – you’re right there with him as you listen to a song of his in its entirety or a record.”
He continued: “Hearing him talk about that idea of pulling one thing out and it not making much sense is definitely something that spurred me on to approaching this record in that way and not be so concerned with making the thing be about whatever it’s about.”