British rock and roll icon Ray Davies has announced Americana, his first solo work in nine years. Drawing on many of the same themes as his 2013 memoir of the same name, Americana takes a more forlorn look at Davies' fascination and obsession with American music and popular culture.
As if the prospect of a new Davies record wasn't exciting enough, Minnesota indie-alt-country outfit The Jayhawks have been tapped as the backing band for Americana. The album's first single "Poetry" - which is streaming now on NPR Music - is a wistful look at the soulless corporate excess of the 21st century set to a jangling, hook filled foundation.
Davies has described the album as an autobiographical work, chronicling the inextricable role that America has played in his life. Americana will hit streets on April 21 via Legacy Recordings.