Elvis Costello Returns with Aggressive, Angry, Punked-Up New Song ‘No Flag’ — Listen

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In the second verse of his new song, “No Flag,” Elvis Costello asks a question:

I got no illusions, I’ve had no epiphany
Why should anybody listen to me?

Despite that bit of self-deprecation, everybody really ought to listen to the song, which was premiered on Friday as the first bit of new music from the iconic singer/songwriter since 2018.

A jangly guitar melody accompanies Costello’s vocals, which are almost shouted with a tone of frustration and indignation, Elvis delivering lines like the snarling chorus:

No time for this kind of love
No flag waving high above
No sign for the dark place that I live
No God for the damn that I don’t give

Stream the track below:

More on the background of this song, from the Elvis Costello website:

Traveling alone to the Finnish capital on February 16th, Costello worked for three days at Suomenlinnan Studio, a recording facility a twenty-minute ferry ride from downtown Helsinki.

Asked about the choice of recording location, Costello, explained, “I wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me. So, this is ‘The Helsinki Sound.’”

The instrumental credits list only: “Elvis Costello – Mouth, Drum, Fender Jazzmaster, Hammond Organ and Bass.”

“No Flag” was recorded by Eetu Seppälä –  assisted by Tim Mikkkola – in Helsinki and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles.

The song is also featured in a new illustrated clip by Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow.

Both the song and the lyric video are available now from Concord Records by electrical wire. 


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