Chrissie Hynde released her new song today, “No Return.” Written by Ray Davies and appearing on the Kinks’ 1967 classic long player Something Else, Hynde’s version is taken from her new album Valve Bone Woe, out next Friday, September 6 on BMG. The album will be available on CD, double 180g vinyl and a limited edition 7″ box set. Billboard premiered the song earlier today alongside a rare Q&A with Hynde.
Hynde’s new album Valve Bone Woe features 14 tracks written by a stunning array of classic songwriters and innovators, including Davies, Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Valve Bone Woe was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London.
About the album, Hynde says:
“A few years back when I saw an obit in the paper for the valve-trombonist, Bob Brookmeyer, I mailed my jazz sax-playing brother, saying ‘R. I. P. Bob Brookmeyer.’ Terry, a man of few words, responded with ‘Valve Bone Woe,’ a kind of Haiku beatnik prose.
“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded ‘I Wish You Love’ for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album, the one you’re now holding in your hand.
“I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it. I often bemoan what I regard as a decline in melody in popular music and I wanted to sing melodies. Plus, I have a penchant for cover songs, it’s the surprise of singing something that I didn’t think of writing myself that turns me on.
Jazz got side-lined by Rock & Roll in the 60’s, but now the demise of rock seems to be heralding in a newfound interest in it, the most creative and innovative musical forms of the 20th century. I’m happy to jump on the bandwagon.”