It’s been a long time since Andrew W.K. released an album of original material, but he recently announced plans to do just that — and now that album has more details.
Titled You’re Not Alone, the LP features 16 new, original recordings. Yes, a handful of them have the word “Party” in the title, which of course was the prevalent theme of much of his 2001 debut I Get Wet (“Party Hard” the most notable). Prevalent themes with this new record, at least in terms of the artwork, title and track listing, seem to be in line with the inspirational and self-actualization W.K. has explored for much of the past decade in his various creative endeavors, speaking engagements and political movements:
1. “The Power of Partying”
2. “Music Is Worth Living For”
3. “Ever Again”
4. “I Don’t Know Anything”
5. “The Feeling of Being Alive”
6. “Party Mindset”
7. “The Party Never Dies”
8. “Give Up On You”
9. “Keep On Going”
10. “In Your Darkest Moments”
11. “The Devil’s On Your Side”
12. “Break The Curse”
13. “Total Freedom”
14. “Beyond Oblivion”
15. “Confusion and Clarity”
16. “You’re Not Alone”
You’re Not Alone will be released on March 2 — pre-orders are up now at PledgeMusic.
The artwork was created by celebrated fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the album artwork’s conception, as premiered by Juxtapoz:
As there’s no song to preview yet from the album, we’ll leave you with this official statement included in the press release as something to chew on while we await some of this album to make its way online:
These songs on this album follow a surprising path to self-actualization. They give the listener permission to admit their vulnerabilities, and the encouragement to feel empowered. They’re reflections on the push and pull between freedom and restriction. It’s a confirmation of everything you are, rejection of all you are not, and at times, a blurring of the difference between the two. Doubt becomes certainty, confusion becomes clarity, and the fear of life becomes the courage to live it completely. The album reveals itself through double meanings, mirrored views, each ringing equally true, even at their most severely discordant.
Andrew W.K. has lived a life built on a belief that to reach a state of grace and acceptance, one must embrace both the shadow and the light, the pain and the joy, all that is known and unknown, the stability as well as the chaos, its speed and torpor. Understanding this, Andrew W.K. suggests, is the foundation of what partying eventually transmits to us. And by harnessing the revelatory power of partying – by celebrating the puzzles and pressures of life – we find the key to change and evolution comes from both inside and out, when we’re together and on our own.
That inner voice, the music of our consciousness, becomes our guide. Trust it. Follow it. Through good times and bad, ups and downs, highs and lows. Realize that just being able to hear it conveys something fundamental to your being… you’re not alone.