Robert Plant – “The May Queen”

After teasing new music earlier this week, rock legend Robert Plant has just announced that he’ll drop a new album called Carry Fire on us this fall. Plant recorded the album with the Sensational Shape Shifters, the same band who backed him up on his last album, 2014’s Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar, and Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde joins him on a cover of Ersel Hickey’s 1958 song “Bluebirds Over The Mountain.” “The May Queen” is the album’s opening track and first single, and its title is a reference to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” The song recalls the incantory folk-rock of Led Zeppelin III, but it’s also got more modern touches, like a burbling synth, in there. It’s pretty good! Check it out below, along with the album’s tracklist.

01 “The May Queen”
02 “New World…”
03 “Season’s Song
04 “Dance With You Tonight”
05 “Carving Up The World Again”
06 “A Way With Words”
07 “Carry Fire”
08 “Bones Of Saints”
09 “Keep It Hid”
10 “Bluebirds Over The Mountain”
11 “Heaven Sent”

Carry Fire is out 10/13 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros.

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