Robert Plant will release his eleventh solo album, "Carry Fire", on October 13 via Nonesuch/Warner. The disc's lead track, "The May Queen", can be heard below.
The follow-up to 2014's "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar" features Plant's backing band THE SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS in their second appearance on record with the LED ZEPPELIN frontman.
"Carry Fire" includes a guest appearance by PRETENDERS vocalist Chrissie Hynde on a cover of "Bluebirds Over The Mountain", previously recorded by Ritchie Valens and THE BEACH BOYS.
Plant says: "It's about intention. I respect and relish my past works, but each time I feel the incentive to create new work, I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat — the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation."
"Carry Fire" track listing:
01. The May Queen
02. New World…
03. Season's Song
04. Dance With You Tonight
05. Carving Up The World Again
06. A Way With Words
07. Carry Fire
08. Bones Of Saints
09. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent
Plant spoke to Relix magazine about his current music and how it connects to his early days in LED ZEPPELIN, explaining, "I want people to know I'm pulling points of reference from other times and other places — incongruous and out of step and kilter — into another world. I've done it with ZEPPELIN lyrics, as well — 'if the sun refused to shine' and 'the road remains the same' and all the shit. There's so many bits like that, because I like the idea of spinning the bottle. And if one or two people pick up on it, that's the justice — that's about right."