Legendary LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant's new album, "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar", will be released September 9 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS — Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals. Pre-orders are available now at RobertPlant.com and include a limited-edition print and an instant download of an album track.
A short film titled "Returning To The Borders", which explores the themes of "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar", can be seen below. In the clip, Plant wonders the English countryside while recalling his travels in the American south — travels which influenced the album's lyrics.
He says: "I've been away a long time from these borders. I spent a lot of time traveling through the south. I was searching to see if I could find out the character of the area from the radio that was on in the car. So I wrote the lyrics against an amazing link to those days, back in the 1930s and '40s, when the south was the centre of the black revolution in music, before the Great Migration up to Chicago."
"Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar" is Plant's first record since 2010's "Band Of Joy", which followed 2007's six-time Grammy Award–winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand". Justin Adams and John Baggott of THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS appeared on Plant's 2002 release "Dreamland", while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005's "Mighty Rearranger". The new-album lineup recently toured the world before recording "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar" at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, U.K. The track "Rainbow" was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.
"It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, trance meets ZEP," Plant says.
"The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood.
"I am very lucky to work with THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music…
"I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart?
"I see life and what's happening to me. Along the trail, there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships, and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship."