Robbie Robertson has unveiled another track from his upcoming Sinematic album. Following ‘I Hear You Paint Houses,’ featuring guest vocals by Van Morrison, the new song is the mid-tempo, groove-filled ‘Let Love Reign.’ The track features vocals on the chorus by Glen Hansard, and the positive lyric makes reference to John Lennon.
“Some people think John Lennon’s dream about love and togetherness went up in flames,” says Robertson in a statement. “I think that’s wrong. It’s everlasting. There was something a little naive about John Lennon going around singing about peace, but in that period young people celebrating love and peace helped end a war.”
Robertson adds that the groove of the song took its inspiration from some of his guitar favourites, and one in particular from the rockabilly era of 1957. “I thought of Dale Hawkins and ‘Susie Q,’ just as far as a groove and guitar riff,” he says “like James Burton or Roy Buchanan. That song has cobwebs all over it.” ‘Susie Q’ was later covered by such artists as Creedence Clearwater Revival, José Feliciano and Bobby McFerrin.
Sinematic, Robertson’s first new studio album since 2011’s How To Become Clairvoyant, will be released by UMe on 20 September. As reported, the album is inspired partly by his film score writing and recording for the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed crime epic The Irishman. The film’s world premiere will be on 5 September at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.
The former co-founder of The Band also took inspiration for the new album from the forthcoming feature documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, based on Robertson’s bestselling 2016 memoir, Testimony. The Sinematic album will be available on CD, digitally and in a 2LP, 180 gram configuration. A deluxe limited edition of only 1,000 copies is due to follow on 25 October.
‘Let Love Reign’ will be on Sinematic, which is released on 20 September. Pre-order it here.