Van Morrison’s upcoming double-album ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’ is set to be his 42nd studio set, but its lead single ‘Only A Song’ demonstrates that his distinctive flair for timeless blues, R&B, jazz and soul remains as singular as ever. ‘Only A Song’ has already been named Record of the Week at Radio 2, where it was added straight to the playlist, with further airplay coming at Jazz FM.
Anticipation for the album continues to mount today as Van Morrison releases the animated video for ‘Only A Song’. It deploys simple yet stylish abstract animations to represent various elements of the song. The resulting video reflects snippets of lyrics (“In the wintry snow, when the penguins march along and go home”), elements of the instrumentation, and the scenic imagery it evokes.
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The 28-track ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’ album spans everything from the saxophone-led R&B gem ‘Jealousy’ to the joyful, country-tinged ‘A Few Bars Early’ via the spirited Them-style garage rock of the self-explanatory ‘Stop Bitching, Do Something’. While it touches upon the romantic sentiment and late-night warmth that people love Van Morrison for, the overriding theme is a straight-talking commentary on contemporary life.
Both ‘Only A Song’ and the recent track ‘Latest Record Project’ are provided as instant downloads to fans who pre-order the album here. ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’ will be released on double-CD, deluxe-CD, triple-vinyl and digital formats.