Elvis Costello has shared a new song, “No Flag.” The track was recorded at a studio on Suomenlinna Island near Helsinki in February, and Costello played all the instruments. “I wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me,” Costello said in a press release. “So, this is ‘The Helsinki Sound.'” “No time for this kind of love/ No flag waving high above,” he sings in the chorus. “No sign for the dark place that I live/ No God for the damn that I don’t give.”
His last proper album was 2018’s Look Now, for which he reunited with his backing band the Imposters for the first time in a decade. Last year, they put out the Purse EP.
Last year, Costello was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and commented: “It confirms my long-held suspicion nobody really listens to the words.”
Listen to “No Flag” below.