Elvis Costello and the Imposters Team Up For First Album Since 2008; Featuring Co-Writes With Burt Bacharach & Carole King
Elvis Costello and The Imposters - Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass), and Pete Thomas (drums) - return with a sensational new album that ranks alongside the best work this singularly great artist has ever produced. Recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia, Look Now is beautiful in its simplicity, reflective in its lyrical vision, surrounded by melodies and orchestrations that are nothing short of heavenly. It's the first album Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of Momofuk and his first album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, Wise Up Ghost.
Look Now is an outstanding 12-strong addition to his song catalog. Most of the titles were written by Costello, "Don't Look Now" and "Photographs Can Lie" were co-written with Burt Bacharach, who makes a guest appearance, leading the Imposters from the piano for those two ballads. Another song to which Bacharach contributed, "He's Given Me Things" features some of the best singing Elvis has ever recorded, while "Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter" was written with Carole King and closes with a serpentine horn. The album was co-produced by Elvis and Sebastian Krys - the Latin Grammy Producer of the Year for 2007 and 2015, whose love and understanding of music spans both hemispheres.
Lead track "Under Lime" is a spry, heavily textured pop rocker with Beatles-esque harmonies and horn arrangements, while "Unwanted Number" has a low-key, soul-inflected groove and female backing vocals. Costello initially wrote the latter song for the 1996 Allison Anders movie Grace of My Heart but never committed it to record until now.