Grammy-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby announced his latest studio album Absolute Zero today by releasing the single "Voyager One."
The album is due out April 12 and is now available for pre-order.
The genesis of Absolute Zero began within Hornsby’s work as a film composer for writer-director Spike Lee. Hornsby started collaborating with Lee in 1992; ultimately, in 2008, he began scoring for Lee. What began to intrigue him were scoring components known as “cues,” those comparatively brief passages of music used in films to heighten certain narrative visuals and/or spoken developments. Additionally, Hornsby’s interest in literary fiction, specifically the work of Don DeLillo and the late David Foster Wallace, inspired his songwriting. Hornsby’s songs, both in spirit and memory, function collectively as an homage to fiction writing that, while often poetic, takes no prisoners. The multi-faceted album is another example of Hornsby’s constant musical evolution and how he’s able to combine disparate elements into an accessible soundscape.
Predominantly produced by Hornsby, the 10-track album includes added production from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird, Public Image Ltd.) and Brad Cook (Sharon Van Etten, Hiss Golden Messenger). Absolute Zero also includes musical contributions from yMusic, The Staves, Blake Mills, Jack DeJohnette, Sean Carey, The Orchestra Of St. Hanks (Frost School/University of Miami), Hornsby’s longtime band The Noisemakers and more. The track “Cast-Off” was co-written with Vernon who also duets with Hornsby on the song while “Take You There (Misty)” was co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
Hornsby is set for a run of U.S. tour dates with The Noisemakers, including intimate showcase performances at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Los Angeles’ Troubadour, and more. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available via Hornsby’s Fan Ticketing Outlet beginning Tuesday, February 26th at 10am local time. Public on sale begins on March 1st at 10am local time and are available at BruceHornsby.com. Visit the Tourdates page for all of Bruce’s upcoming dates.
Absolute Zero Track List
1. Absolute Zero (featuring Jack DeJohnette)
3. Cast Off (featuring Justin Vernon and Sean Carey)
4. Meds (featuring Justin Vernon, Blake Mills and Rob Moose)
5. Never In This House (featuring yMusic and The Staves)
6. Voyager One (featuring yMusic)
8. The Blinding Light Of Dreams (featuring yMusic)
9. White Noise
10. Take You There (Misty) (featuring yMusic)
BRUCE HORNSBY AND THE NOISEMAKERS UPCOMING DATES
April 25—Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
April 26—Ridgefield Playhouse—Ridgefield, CT
April 27—Ulster Performing Arts Center—Kingston, NY
April 29—National Sawdust—Brooklyn, NY
April 30—National Sawdust—Brooklyn, NY
May 3—Beachlife Festival—Redondo Beach, CA
May 6—Troubadour—Los Angeles, CA
June 18—Charleston Music Hall—Charleston, SC *
June 19—Knight Theater—Charlotte, NC *
June 21—Atlanta Symphony Hall—Atlanta, GA (w/ Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
June 23—Lime Kiln Theatre—Lexington, VA *
June 25—Bijou Theatre—Knoxville, TN *
June 26—Salvage Station—Asheville, NC *
June 28—The Majestic Theatre—Gettysburg, PA *
June 29—Smith Opera House—Geneva, NY *
June 30—Tupelo Music Hall—Derry, NH *
April 12, 2020—Cincinatti Music Hall—Cincinnati, OH (w/ Cincinnati Pops)
* w/ Sam Amidon