Once upon a time, Electric Light Orchestra brought overstuffed orchestral grandeur and giddy melodic playfulness to the ’70s classic-rock era. And while the last Electric Light Orchestra album was 2001’s Zoom, Jeff Lynne, the group’s sole driving force, has put together a new version of the band and called it Jeff Lynne’s ELO. (It’s basically a solo project, but so was ELO for most of its lifespan.) Next month, Lynne will release Alone In The Universe, the first ELO album in 14 years, and we’ve posted the impressive first single “When I Was A Boy.” Lynne has now shared a second song, “When The Night Comes,” and it’s a curious beast. The song has loungey decadence, a reggae skank, and a string section getting busy, and yet it absolutely hangs together. Listen below.
Alone In The Universe is out 11/13 on Columbia.