Elvis Costello Releases Tracklist For New Album “Hey Clockface”

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Elvis Costello has just released the tracklisting for his upcoming album, Hey Clockface, along with a new song called “We Are All Cowards Now”.

Costello makes use of a brooding piano, bass, and drum progression while he sings with a bluesy, pained vocal – augmented by soulful backing singers that add a counterpoint to the bright, jangly strings. The song’s lyrics take note of violence, protests, and war, while the singer-songwriter evokes social justice issues with lyrics like, “They’re coming for our peacemakers / Our Winchesters and Colts / The rattle of our Gatling guns / Our best cowboy revolts / And threats and insults, we are all cowards now.”

This is the third song that comprises Hey Clockface’s tracklist, following the releases of “No Flag” and “Hetty O’Hara Confidential.” The said record is to be released on October 30th.

“We Are All Cowards Now” is part of a production run of sessions at Paris’ Les Studios Saint Germain. “I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth. We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day,” Costello said.

The album was also recorded in other locations like Helsinki and New York to give it a foreign twist, with Costello explaining: “I wanted to write ‘Helsinki-Paris-???’ on the record jacket like this was a perfume or an advertising agency. ‘London’ was a possibility for the third city but London is forever. We’ll be there again.”

Costello said the LP’s sound was him aiming for a gritty, authentic style. “I wanted the record to be vivid,” he said. “Whether the songs demanded playing that was loud and jagged or intimate and beautiful.”

Elvis Costello, ‘Hey Clockface’ Track Listing
1. “Revolution #49”
2. “No Flag”
3. “They’re Not Laughing at Me Now”
4. “Newspaper Pane”
5. “I Do (Zula’s Song)”
6. “We Are All Cowards Now”
7. “Hey Clockface/How Can You Face Me?”
8. “The Whirlwind”
9. “Hetty O’Hara Confidential”
10. “The Last Confession of Vivian Whip”
11. “What Is It That I Need That I Don’t Already Have?”
12. “Radio Is Everything”
13. “I Can’t Say Her Name”
14. “Byline”