Last we heard from Robert Plante was back in 2014 with his solo release of Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar. The British musician and former frontman of Led Zeppelin will be dropping his eleventh studio album Carry Fire this coming October 13, and fans can hear a preview with his first single “May Queen” below.
The 11-track record, which will be launched through Nonesuch/Warner Bros., features The Sensational Space Shifters (Justin Adams, Dave Smith, Liam “Skin” Tyson, and John Baggott)
who back Plant as his official band.
Cellist Redi Hasa and British folk singer Seth Lakeman also perform on three of the eleven tracks.
The rock icon spoke highly of Lakeman via NME, saying, “His energy and enthusiasm and his humour and his lightness is a great addition, but his playing is far out. Where we’ve included him on this collection of songs is slightly out of character as to where you’d normally find him playing.”
About the pending release, Plant said in a statement:
“It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”
A fall tour will beging in November in the UK.
Carry Fire is available for pre-order now with “May Queen” featured as a downloadable single.