Watch Neil Young launch his new album ‘EARTH’ at LA’s Natural History Museum

You can hear a few snippets from the record too

Neil Young launched his new live album, ‘EARTH’ at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles last night (6 May).

The Canadian singer-songwriter introduced his first ever album preview by quoting John Lennon, saying: “Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.”

‘EARTH’ then played in full and was captured by fans, who posted clips of the experience on Instagram, which you can watch below.

Tracks on ‘EARTH’ feature nature-inspired sounds, including bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses and cows, as well as city noises, such as car horns. A press release for the record described them as “sounds of the earth”.

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As well as the noise of nature, ‘EARTH’ includes recording’s from last year’s tour, ‘The Monsanto Years’, the previously unshared ‘I Won’t Quit’, and highlights from Young’s extensive back catalogue, with new musical overdubs added to the mixes.

Young described the album as “ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes,” that stand “as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life.”

He continued that “our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.” In an Instagram post, he said that the album “does not fit on iTunes.”

‘EARTH’ will be released on 17 June and fans will be able to stream the record on Young’s streaming service Pono.