Listen to Paul Simon’s New Album ‘In the Blue Light’
He also released a video for the track “Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War." The LP will be released on Sept. 7, two weeks before he plays his farewell concert in New York on Sept. 22.
In the Blue Light consists of deep cuts from Simon’s past which he wanted to revisit. “It's unusual for an artist to have a second shot at fixing the original work,” he said in a recent interview. “Poets do it all the time. Walt Whitman's got I don't know how many versions of ‘Leaves of Grass.’ But in pop music, you go into a studio and get a version that's good and say, ‘There it is.’ Then, after singing that version on the road for six months, you find all these other musical choices. It's a whole different song. And unless it becomes too rococo, it's usually a better song."
You can listen to “Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War” below.
Simon, who’d previously described his decision to retire as “a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief,” reflected that he’d been working as a musician since the age of 16 without taking a break or considering any other pursuit.
“So I thought Stop! See what happens," he said. "See what stopping does. Even saying it aloud sounds interesting."