Johnny Jewel is one of the hardest working people in music currently. He splits his time between being in the excellent synth pop band Chromatics, scoring films like Drive, and running his own label Italians Do It Better. Last year, he worked on music for the new season of Twin Peaks most of which wound up on his solo album titled Windswept. Now, he’s announced the follow-up LP Digital Rain.
You won’t have to wait long for Digital Rain either because the full album drops on January 26. It will follow in the same lines as Jewel’s solo work, being an electronic/ambient mix of instrumental tracks. To give you a taste of what’s in store, he’s shared the opening track “Digital Rain” which you can check out down below.
Jewel also shared this statement about the new album:
“After living a few years in a desert climate, I realized I was nostalgic for the constant presence of precipitation from every city I once called home. The sound of hail ricocheting off my roof in Houston…. The floods crashing in from the Gulf of Mexico that would destroy my mother’s house three times…. The constant kiss of drizzle on the streets of Portland, and the morning rain against the windshield of Trimet city bus number 15 that I would ride home after recording all night…. The snow buried row houses of Montreal where my daughter was born, and the rhythmic feel of ice cracking under my boots for six months straight.
The desert is constant, and I love this repetitious ritual of Los Angeles so much. As moisture and humid weather seem more and more like a dream I once had or a fading memory of the places I fell in love with…. I wanted to make a record without drums, without lyrics, vague in form. Each track morphing and eclipsing the next like the ever-changing movement of clouds obscuring the moon.”
01 Digital Rain
02 Black Pyramid
03 The City of Roses
04 Double Exposure
05 The Runner
06 Air Museum
09 What If?
10 The Windscreen
11 Mirror Image 12 Liquid Lucite
14 Ship of Theseus
15 La Ville de Neige
16 Seven Corners
Pre-orders for Digital Rain will soon be available right here.