yoko and her plastic band have a new release
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009

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Influential artist, musician, and pop culture person Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band have new material coming out in late September. Today we get a sneak peak at the artwork for the new album, dubbed In Between My Head And The Sky.

The album was recorded at Sear Sounds, NYC, the same location that once housed the fabled Hit Factory. The prolific Ono wrote 16 songs in six days for the Plastic Band to record, peaking at six songs tracked in one day. Not bad for a woman of 76 (whoops, we said her age! It's OK, it was in the press). The Plastic Band is part Japanese avant garde popsters, part NYC improvisers, creating an ecclectic, ubiquitous sound that lacks definitive stereotyping. It seems that in compiling a band, Ono looks for the most world encompassing sound possible, and throws it in a blender. Refreshing.

Sean Lennon did double duty producing and leading the group of musicians in the Plastic Band. The band is comprised of Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, Keigo Cornelius Oyamada (guitar, bass, programming, percussion), Yuko Araki (drums, percussion), Hirotaka Shimmy Shimizu (guitars, percussion), Shahzad Ismaily (guitar, bass, percussion), Erik Friedlander(cello), Michael Leonhart (trumpet, vibes), Daniel Carter (reeds) and Indigo Street (guitar). We can expect a lot of Ono's signature avant-groove, with plenty of electronic pulse and organic layering.

Between My Head And The Sky will be released on September 22nd.

- joe puglisi


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