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Non-Secure Connection: everything we know

Bruce Hornsby today announced a new 10-track album, entitled Non-Secure Connection, scheduled for release on August 14.

Bruce Hornsby Non-Secure ConnectionThe first two tracks, “My Resolve”, with the Shins’ James Mercer and “Bright Star Cast” with Vernon Reid and Jamila Woods are out now. You can purchase “My Resolve” here, Bright Star Cast here, and hear both below. Pre-order links also below.

Every track on “Non-Secure Connection”:

  1. Cleopatra Drones (3’54”)
  2. Time, The Thief (3’09”)
  3. Non-Secure Connection (4’32”) (co-written with Chip DeMatteo)
  4. The Rat King (2’32”) (featuring Rob Moose)
  5. My Resolve (5’25”) (featuring James Mercer)
  6. Bright Star Cast (3’16”) (featuring Jamila Woods and Vernon Reid)
  7. Shit’s Crazy Out Here (5’14”)
  8. Anything Can Happen (3’44”) (featuring and co-written with Leon Russell)
  9. Porn Hour (4’39”) (co-written with Chip DeMatteo)
  10. No Limits (3’34”)

Some of those have already been played at the live shows.

Guests and collaborators include Jamila Woods, Leon Russell, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Rob Moose and Hideaki Aomori (yMusic), The Frost Symphony Orchestra (University of Miami) and, of course, the Noisemakers.

The new album’s chromaticism and dissonance quotient is exactly twice as high (three songs featuring that language compared to one and a half on the last record). I feel like my music has never been a part of any trend that defined any era of music during my 34 years of doing this. I may be wrong, but that’s how it feels to me.

Bruce Hornsby

The full announcement is on Bruce’s official website.

Pre-order links:

Amazon CD

Amazon vinyl

Amazon MP3

Apple Music 

iTunes pre-order

 

My Resolve:

First release: My Resolve (purchase here now; Bruce Hornsby and James Mercer) is “a Sisyphean (never completed) tale of the creative life, sung with a fellow climber.”

You can hear a version of this in the above video and at 6’12” of Bruce Hornsby’s Home Session for WNRN radio

  • Bruce Hornsby – piano, Chamberlin, keyboards, vocals
  • James Mercer- vocals
  • Rob Moose- string arrangement, violins and violas
  • Gibb Droll- guitar
  • John Mailander- violin
  • JT Thomas- Novation keyboard low 10ths
  • JV Collier- bass
  • Chad Wright- drums

Lyrics, per Bruce’s YouTube post:

Ash plumes rise
In electrified skies
Incandescent light
With flash bolt eyes
And no one knows why
I’ve been drawn to this life
I’m downwind and high
On a survival line

In my resolve
I move the rock
Or maybe fall down trying
My ineptitude stares me down
In its face I cower
I try to stand above the fray
Stand apart, not buying
And I move on up, up the hill
To maybe fully flower
I flower

Reach for the heights
Then thrown to the depths
I look for someone wise
With a soft caress
Will I find myself alone
Repeating numbing tasks
You could help roll it up
‘Cause I’ve got no back-up plan

Chorus

Oh with my resolve
I move the rock
Or maybe fall down trying
My ineptitude stares me down
In its face I cower
I try to stand above the fray
Stand apart, not buying
And I move on up, up on the hill
To maybe fully flower
I flower

Move on up then I roll back down
Crampons broke, no one hears my sound
Upward, downward for so long
With my resolve I climb and climb, and I fall

Chorus

 

Bright Star Cast

Purchase and download Bright Star Cast right now on iTunes.

“Bright Star Cast” was inspired by the poem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”, written by James Weldon Johnson and put to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (performed here by the Winston-Salem State University Choir).

  • Bruce Hornsby – Wurlitzer electric piano, prepared piano, vocals
  • Jamila Woods – vocals
  • Vernon Reid – lead guitar
  • Gibb Droll – lead and rhythm guitar
  • John Mailander – violin
  • Esther Noh – violin
  • Stephanie Matthews – violin
  • Erin Wight – viola Karen Ouzounian – cello
  • Jeremy Ylvisaker – guitar
  • Mike Lewis – bass
  • JV Collier – bass leads
  • JT Bates – drums

Lyrics, per Bruce’s YouTube post:

Here we are at last
Light of our bright star is cast
Moving inexorably, insistently
Moving to free
Out of a hard past
Now our bright star is cast
Now we stand at last, post-impasse
Triumphantly
It’s supposed to blast away
Intermittently throughout the day
My internal weather feels in sync
I feel at one with an inclement link
I don’t know but I’ve been told
Trials are one more river crossed
For the humble, meek and bold
For the humble, meek and bold
Chorus
No matter what you do then
I’m determined to feel fully human
Through unique, bold, arresting self-expression
We’ll create our own names, own songs, own style
Our way to be free and wild, wild
We are all wanderers
We are diaspora bound
We all strive and strain, through hail and rain
Songs louder than bombs

 

The Rat King

You can hear a version of this at 16’52” of Bruce Hornsby’s Home Session for WNRN radio

 

Anything Can Happen

Anything Can Happen” is taken from a 28-year-old demo recorded with Leon Russell. Leon had asked Bruce for “a Barry White track”. Bruce wrote the music and was asked to pick some lyrics out of a pile. After three listens, Leon had the song fully charted and “sang the hell out of it”. Bruce felt that the rough mix surpassed the record, and recut it with Leon’s vocal synced into the song. Here’s the 1992 version: