Did Paul Simon Run Out Of Steam
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 07, 2016

  • Posted by: Mandi Dudek



On June 3rd, Paul Simon will released his 13th solo-album, Stranger to Stranger, produced by Simon and his longtime friend, Roy Halee, who's worked with him since the Simon & Garfunkel yeah. It'll be Simon's first album since his 2011 album, So Beautiful Or So What, and it seems Paul Simon has been spending the last five years tediously crafting something experimental and genre-bending to come out of Stranger to Stranger. "It's about making music that sounds old and new at the same time" Simon said in a press release.

In addition to releasing the details of Stranger to Stranger, Simon released a track, "Wristband," from the forthcoming album and as much as we love bouncy uptempo track full of fun instruments, this one fell a little short. The track is filled African sound samples, clean bass chords, and electronic grooves paired with very pointless lyrics. It's an entire song about Paul Simon stepping backstage of the venue he was playing at and the door locked behind him so he had to walk around to the front. The bouncer at the door told him he couldn't get in without a wristband and he responds "I don't need a wristband..." then tried to convince him, "My band is on the floor." That's pretty much all there is to it.

Simon will be going on a North American tour that's starting at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 29. He will wrap the tour up at the end of June in a stadium in Forest Hills, Queens, only blocks from Simon's childhood home. Art Garfunkel is also from Forest Hills where him and Simon met in sixth grade then attended Forest Hills High School together. It'll be the first time playing in Forest Hills since Simon & Garfunkel played there in 1970. A Simon & Garfunkel fan can only dream that Paul Simon would close out the tour by bringing out the original duo to perform the classics together...
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