> U2 – Songs of Ascent (companion album to No Line On the Horizon)

So first we have to wait over 4 years for a new U2 album and then we learn that they plan to drop another in less than a year. Bono reveals the title of the companion album to the just released U2 classic No Line On the Horizon to Rolling Stone. The title to the album that may release yet this year is Songs Of Ascent. (Songs of Ascent were the psalms that the Israelites would sing on the way to Jerusalem for the Passover.)

True to form, Bono already has a plan for the first single from the band’s next album. RS uncovered details of that project, described as “a sister release to No Line on the Horizon, a Zooropa to its Achtung Baby,” which could arrive within the year.

Bono already knows the title — Songs of Ascent — and the first single, a surging anthem called “Every Breaking Wave” that was left off No Line at the last minute. Songs of Ascent will be quieter than No Line; in many ways, it’s that ghost album of hymns and Sufi singing. “We’re making a kind of heartbreaker, a meditative, reflective piece of work, but not indulgent,” Bono says. “It will all have a clear mood, like Kind of Blue. Or A Love Supreme would be a point of reference, for the space it occupies in people’s lives, which is to say, with that album, I almost take my shoes off to listen to it.”

via U2 Talk “Horizon” Follow Up, Spider-Man Musical in Rolling Stone Cover Story : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily.

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