Yoko Ono Plans New Album for September Release
'Take Me to the Land of Hell' features Questlove, Tune-Yards
By ERIN COULEHAN
JUNE 27, 2013
Yoko Ono will be releasing a new album, Take Me to the Land of Hell on September 17th on Chimera Music. The new LP comes four years after Ono's last full-length release, Between My Head and the Sky.
Ono, 80, recorded Take Me to the Land of Hell in New York, where she produced the LP with Sean Lennon and Yuka Honda. The album features contributions from Roots drummer Questlove, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Tune-Yards and Andrew Wyatt, and remixes by Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock and Keigo "Cornelius" Oyamada.
Ono has been keeping busy outside of the studio, too, most recently with curating the Meltdown Festival in London. This year's event included performances by Savages, Kim Gordon, Siouxsie Sioux, Marianne Faithfull, Thurston Moore, Iggy and the Stooges, Deerhoof and Patti Smith.
Ono is also the subject of art retrospectives opening at Kunsthalle Krems in Austria in October and at MOCA in Sydney, Australia, in November, and her current "Half-a-Wind" retrospective is on view at the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has also been waging a campaign in New York against hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial process used to extricate natural gas trapped deep underground.
"The energy I have right now, and the desire to continue to make as much great work as I can, is really moving me forward all the time," Ono said in a statement. "This album is the culmination of a lot of ideas I've been having over the last few years and I feel proud to release it at such an exciting time of my life."
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