Elvis Costello is back October 30th with his 31st studio set, titled, Hey Clockface. The album, which was produced by Sebastian Krys, is the followup to Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ 2019 Purse EP and 2018’s Grammy Award-winning Look Now album. The new collection, which was recorded in Helsinki, Paris, and Manhattan, features collaborations with Attractions/Imposters keyboardist Steve Nieve, Michael Leonhart, Bill Frisell, and Nels Cline.

Costello said in the new album’s announcement:

I wanted the record to be vivid, whether the songs demanded playing that was loud and jagged or intimate and beautiful. . . I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth. We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day.

The tracklisting to Elvis Costello’s 2020 album, Hey Clockface is:

“Revolution #49”
“No Flag”
“They’re Not Laughing At Me Now”
“Newspaper Pane”
“I Do (Zula’s Song)”
“We Are All Cowards Now”
“Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me?”
“The Whirlwind”
“Hetty O’Hara Confidential”
“The Last Confession Of Vivian Whip”
“What Is It That I Need That I Don’t Already Have?”
“Radio Is Everything”
“I Can’t Say Her Name”
“Byline”

FAST FACTS

  • Earlier this year, Elvis Costello & The Imposters snagged the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for their latest set, Look Now.
  • Costello recently revealed to us he’s wiped his vocals from one of his earliest albums and replaced it entirely with Spanish singers from across 12 Latin countries and Spain. The new version of the unnamed album will be part of a catalogue overhaul due out in the near future.

CHECK IT OUT: Elvis Costello’s 2020 lyric video for “Newspaper Pane”: