The first Elvis Costello & the Roots collaboration has surfaced. ‘Walk Us Uptown’ is the first taste of the upcoming ‘Wise Up Ghost’ album due in September and for Elvis, working with others is now preferable to doing his own thing.
‘Wise Up Ghost’ is a Roots album with Elvis Costello on vocals, not an Elvis Costello album backed by The Roots.
Elvis says he has no plans to make another original album for himself. “I think things should take as long as they take,” he tells Noise11.com.
Between 1977 and 2010 Elvis Costello released 24 studio albums plus collaborations with Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint and Bill Frisell. His first nine albums were released over a seven-year period between 1977 and 1984. He no longer feels the need to keep up that pace.
‘One album I really like that I’ve heard this year is Iris DeMent’s record ‘Sing The Delta’. Have you checked how long it’s been since she recorded her last record? 16 years. What’s the rush?,” he says. “I have different responsibilities now in the division of my energy. I want to be around doing what I enjoy doing and not doing things I don’t enjoy doing”.
‘Wise Up Ghost’ by Elvis Costello & The Roots will be released in September.