Last time we saw Jamie Lidell, he was helping Beck (and Feist, some Wilco folks) reinterpret Skip Spence’s Oar. The favor’s been returned: Beck, Feist, and Pat Sansone of Wilco show up on Lidell’s fourth full-length Compass. In fact, the way it’s spun, Lidell & Co. were inspired by the “chemistry” of the Record Club sessions, so they shifted focus to Compass. (Gonzales, drummer James Gadson, and co-producing Grizzly Bear Chris Taylor, among others, also lent assistance.) While you take a listen to the dusky, ambing, and satisfyingly raw title track, note that Lidell says he “wrote every song in a month … It’s been an emotional couple of years, so I tapped into what I wanted to say and started writing.”
Compass is out 5/18 via Warp. He’ll take it on the road soon enough.