Listen to Paul Simon’s new song, ‘Cool Papa Bell’

The singer-songwriter will release a new album later this year

Paul Simon has shared a song from his forthcoming new album.

The singer has made ’Cool Papa Bell’ available to listen to ahead of the release of his 13th record, ‘Stranger to Stranger’.


The follow-up to 2011’s ‘So Beautiful or So What’ is set to drop on June 3. Earlier this year, Simon released the album’s first single, ‘Wristband’.

Simon, whose most famous work ‘Graceland’ is celebrated for its innovative recording techniques, turned to the experimental American composer and inventor Harry Partch for inspiration on his new album. Partch, who died in 1974, was an experimental musical theorist who invented numerous bizarre instruments to help perform his avant garde compositions. Simon even visited his lab at Montclair State University in New Jersey, which houses Partch’s custom-made instruments, like the chromelodeon.

“It’s about getting you to actually hear something in a new way. It’s about making music that sounds old and new at the same time; music with a sense of mystery,” Simon said.

To get his sound just right, Simon teamed up with Clap! Clap!, an experimental Italian producer who fuses African rhythms and EDM, as well as his longterm collaborator Roy Halee, and a group of flamenco musicians.

“Sound is the theme of this album as much as it’s about the subjects of the individual songs. If people get that, I’ll be pleased,” he added. “The right song at the right time can live for generations. A beautiful sound, well that’s forever.”


Earlier this month, Simon admitted that he is no longer on speaking terms with Art Garfunkel. He ruled out the possibility of ever playing with his musical partner in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Simon also told the magazine that most people come to his concerts to hear him play ‘Call Me Al’, which he has no enthusiasm for performing.