It’s been 2 years and 6 days since I tore the shrink wrap off a brand new* Jack Johnson release and slid it into my car stereo for a first-time listen.
So as a Jack Johnson devotee from the J.O.A.T bootleg days, I’ve got one thing to say: It’s been a long 2 years and 6 days.
That’s why June 1 can’t come soon enough. This from the Brushfire Records newsletter:
Jack and his band, Adam Topol, Merlo Podlewski, and Zach Gill, have been putting countless hours in at the Mango Tree Studio to record their 6th studio album. The album, currently untitled, is being recorded on 100% solar energy in Hawaii and will be released worldwide the week of June 1st on Johnson’s own Brushfire Records label. Stay tuned, we’ll have more news for you on the album front in March and a new single out in April.
Following the June 1st release of his new album, Johnson will embark on his first world tour since 2008, kicking off in Europe on June 16th. The tour will be a mix of headline shows London, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam and festivals including Glastonbury (UK), and Roskilde (Denmark). Stay posted, the US Tour dates will be announced in March.
I just hope the new album will be more In Between Dreams and less Sleep Through the Static (his disappointing last release). STtS was a clear departure from the melody-driven, uke-laced tracks on IBD and the brilliant “Sing-A-Longs” from the Curious George movie. It’s a musician’s nature to mature and explore new areas, so I don’t expect a full return to the beach scene. But let’s at least get some sand on the toes this time around, eh Jack?
* Yes, I know Jack’s live compilation, En Concert, was released back in October. I love live albums, but I have a hard time categorizing them as new albums.
Click here for past blogging on Jack Johnson, and if you’re pining for a night under the stars immersed in the Jack Johnson vibe, be sure to revisit my 2-part review of the Salt Lake City stop on his STtS tour.