- 27 Oct 21
The first song from the album, 'Magnificent Hurt,' is out now – listen below.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters have announced their forthcoming album The Boy Named If, which is set to be released on January 14, 2022, via EMI.
Produced by Sebastian Krys and Elvis Costello, the record is made up of thirteen songs that, as Costello puts it, "take us from the last days of a bewildered boyhood to that mortifying moment when you are told to stop acting like a child – which for most men (and perhaps a few gals too) can be any time in the next fifty years."
"I started The Boy Named If with just an electric guitar, some sharps and flats, high heels and lowdowns, with five songs in bright major keys and carried on to write a whole new record for The Imposters to play," he added.
The album will be available digitally as well as on vinyl, CD and cassette. An 88-page hardback storybook edition of the record, signed by the artist, will also be available. It is filled with thirteen illustrated short stories related to the songs on the album.
"Whatever you take out of these tales, I wrote them for you and to make the life of these songs a little less lonely, if you should care to dive in a little deeper," said Costello.
The Boy Named If is available for pre-order here.
Listen to 'Magnificent Hurt' below:
The Boy Named If Track Listing:
- Farewell, OK
- The Boy Named If
- Penelope Halfpenny
- The Difference
- What If I Can't Give You Anything But Love?
- Paint The Red Rose Blue
- Mistook Me For A Friend
- My Most Beautiful Mistake (guest vocal by Nicole Atkins)
- Magnificent Hurt
- The Man You Love To Hate
- The Death Of Magic Thinking
- Trick Out The Truth
- Mr. Crescent