Bruce Hornsby has a new album, Absolute Zero, coming out next month, and it includes contributions from a handful of notables, including a track that was co-written with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon called “Cast-Off.” That song is officially out today, and it also features members of Vernon’s coterie of musicians, including Sean Carey and Brad Cook. In a statement (via Pitchfork), Hornsby had this to say about how the song came together:
[“Cast-Off” is] a song about acceptance and even gratitude in the face of rejection, egolessness, patience and humility. This song was put together in Eau Claire, WI last April, starting with an unused film cue, developed and expanded upon in the studio with spontaneous contributions from Sean Carey (who just walked in and started singing), Jeremy Ylvisaker (playing guitar that doesn’t sound like guitar!), Mike Lewis and JT Bates on sax and drums, Brad Cook (and later Noisemaker JV Collier) on bass, and Justin and I taking turns in the vocal booth trading ideas and melodies. Pretty much, mostly concocted right there at April Base!
This is far from the first time that Hornsby has collaborated with Vernon. He was, of course, involved in the expansive Day Of The Dead Grateful Dead covers album that came out a few years ago, and Vernon also popped up on Hornsby’s track with his Noisemakers in 2016.
Listen to “Cast-Off” below.
Absolute Zero is out 4/12.