Poet / singer / songwriter / philosopher / cultural touchstone Leonard Cohen has confirmed the September 23rd release of his new album Popular Problems, set to be unveiled just two days after his 80th birthday.
“Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records said in a statement. “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.”
Check out the pitch black single “Almost like the Blues” below.
From Rolling Stone:
Popular Problems is the second album that Cohen has released since his miraculous 2008 return to the stage. He’d been almost completely absent from the scene for 15 years at that point, and he stunned his fans by staging three-and-a-half-hour concerts that quickly brought him from tiny theaters in Canada to sold out arenas across the globe.
His primary motivation for touring was to ensure he’d have an adequate retirement fund. “I was able to restore my tiny fortune within a year or so, but I kept on touring,” he told Rolling Stone in 2012. “Touring is like taking the first step on a walk to China. It’s a serious commitment.”