Wednesday, March 22, 2017

KNIGHT OF THE RUND(GREN) TABLE


Todd Rundgren has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album, White Knight, and as the acclaimed singer/songwriter told ABC Radio a few months ago, the record is packed with guest collaborations.

Among the many well-known artists lending their talents to the project are Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and rock-guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

White Knight features 15 new original songs that were penned by Rundgren, or that he co-wrote with some of the album's guests. 

The record finds Todd exploring a variety of genres, including funk, synth-rock, pop ballads and power-pop tunes.

"It's easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you are absorbing and experimenting with new ideas," notes Rundgren. 

"I wanted to collaborate not just for the musical possibilities, but also to play for new audiences and expose my fans to the range of artists I enjoy working with."

Hall is featured on a song called "Chance for Us," 

Fagen appears on the track "Tin Foil Hat," 

Walsh appears on the tune "Sleep" and Reznor contributes to the song "Deaf Ears," as does his frequent collaborator Atticus Ross.

The album wraps up with "This Is Not a Drill," which features Satriani, as well as two longtime members of Rundgren's backing band: drummer Prairie Prince and bassist Kasim Sulton.

Other guests on White Knight include Swedish dance artist Robyn, veteran soul singer Bettye LaVette and Todd's son, Rebop Rundgren.

Pitchfork.com has premiered one of the album's tracks, "That Could Have Been Me," which features Robyn. 

On the preview track, it appears that Rundgren is veering from electronica back to his signature sound, although he has surrendered the vocal duties here.

White Knight will be released on May 12, and will be available on CD, digitally and on vinyl, although the latter version will only feature 12 tracks.

Here's the track list for the CD and digital editions:

"Come"
"Got Your Back" -- featuring KK Watson with Dam Funk
"Chance for Us" -- featuring Daryl Hall with Bobby Strickland
"Fiction"
"Beginning (of the End)" -- featuring John Boutte
"Tin Foil Hat" -- featuring Donald Fagen
"Look at Me" -- featuring Michael Holman
"Let's Do This" -- featuring Moe Berg
"Sleep" -- featuring Joe Walsh
"That Could Have Been Me" -- featuring Robyn
"Deaf Ears" -- featuring Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
"Naked & Afraid" -- featuring Bettye LaVette
"Buy My T"
"Wouldn't You Like to Know" -- featuring Rebop Rundgren
"This Is Not a Drill" -- featuring Joe Satriani, Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton