Sting is getting ready to release his first pop album since 2003’s Sacred Love. His more recent releases have included offbeat entries like 2006’s lute-based Songs From The Labyrinth, 2010’s symphonic Symphonicities, and the 2013 musical The Last Ship. The new album is called 57th & 9th, named after the intersection where his studio is located. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Sting says: “It’s rockier than anything I’ve done in a while. This record is a sort of omnibus of everything that I do, but the flagship seems to be this energetic thing. I’m very happy to put up the mast and see how it goes.”
One of the songs on the album, “50,000,” was written the week of Prince’s death. “Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age – I’m 64,” Sting told RS. “It’s really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy. They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end.”
He also says a lot of the album is “about emigrating” and was inspired by the political climate that resulted in Brexit.
There’s no word on when the album will be released just yet.
UPDATE: It’s out 11/11 on Cherrytree Records. Check out the promo below featuring Sting in the studio with longtime guitarist Dominic Miller and new collaborators the Last Bandoleros.