Music icon PRINCE today announced not one, but two, brand new studio albums to be released globally via Warner Bros. Records. The much-anticipated albums are ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, set to release on September 30th 2014 in the US. ART OFFICIAL AGE is a solo album and PLECTRUMELECTRUM is by Prince’s new band 3RDEYEGIRL.
Both albums, which are sold separately, are now available for pre-order via digital retailers and from www.artofficialage.com. Early buyers will be able to unlock ‘instant grat’ tracks from each record.
The brand new studio albums mark a historic return to Warner Bros. Records, Prince’s original label home. The renewed partnership came after the announcement that Warner Bros. Records returned to Prince the master recordings of his pioneering ’80s albums, including Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times.
ART OFFICIAL AGE is a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton (@joshuaworld). Sonically the record is a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk. The melodies are immediate and prominent as ever and Prince’s vocals are rich and solid, taking full advantage of his vocal range with decidedly, seductive lyrics.
PLECTRUMELECTRUM is a classic band record, with 3RDEYEGIRL which includes Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass). Recorded live and in analog the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement. Many of the tracks from PLECTRUMELECTRUM were performed live on the ‘Hit & Run’ tours of the UK earlier this year – incendiary performances in a series of historic venues – which led The Guardian to declare “These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever.”
The track-listings for ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM are as follows:
ART OFFICIAL AGE
ART OFFICIAL CAGE
THE GOLD STANDARD
BREAKFAST CAN WAIT
THIS COULD BE US
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
affirmation I & II
WAY BACK HOME
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