- 01 Jul 21
“There are moments in this creative journey that stand out in a quiet profound permanence,” the Canadian producer said.
Canadian producer and musician Daniel Lanois has shared a new song, called 'Torn Again,' featuring a recording of the late Leonard Cohen reciting a poem.
The dreamy, haunting cut boasts steel slide guitar by Rocco Deluca, layered richly underneath Cohen's plaintive voice.
“There are moments in this creative journey that stand out in a quiet profound permanence,” Lanois said via a statement. “This Leonard Cohen poem and reading from the man himself always left me with that special feeling.
“The spine of our steel guitars became the rock for the poem to stand on," he continues. "Wayne Lorenz and I spent many hours in the studio rearranging and dubbing out the steel to enhance the lyrical journey with orchestral complement. I’m very proud of this work, may it keep on reaching and speaking.”
Thanks For the Dance, released in 2019, is a posthumous LP and the Canadian poet and singer-songwriter's last work.
Featuring Beck, the National’s Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Feist, and more, it arrived three years after the 'Hallelujah' singer passed away (November, 2016). It was produced by Cohen’s son Adam, who also worked on his 2016 record You Want It Darker.
Listen to 'Torn Again' below.