Listen to Paul Simon’s new song, ‘Cool Papa Bell’
Paul Simon shared new track "Cool Papa Bell". It's a summertime ode to Bell, the legendary baseball player hailed as "the fastest man on Earth," sings Simon. The song is on his latest LP, his 13th, Stranger to Stranger, in stores on June 3rd, the follow-up to 2011’s So Beautiful or So What'.
As already reported by OFF#ROCK Simon turned to the experimental American composer and inventor Harry Partch for inspiration on his new album. Partch, who died in 1974, was an experimental musical theorist who invented numerous bizarre instruments to help perform his avant garde compositions. Simon even visited his lab at Montclair State University in New Jersey, which houses Partch’s custom-made instruments, like the chromelodeon.
“Sound is the theme of this album as much as it’s about the subjects of the individual songs. If people get that, I’ll be pleased,” he added. “The right song at the right time can live for generations. A beautiful sound, well that's forever.”
To get his sound just right, Simon teamed up with Clap! Clap!, an experimental Italian producer who fuses African rhythms and EDM, as well as his longterm collaborator Roy Halee, and a group of flamenco musicians.
“It’s about getting you to actually hear something in a new way. It’s about making music that sounds old and new at the same time; music with a sense of mystery,” Simon said.