Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell is set to release his new 41-minute solo effort, Brighten, on October 29th and, today has unveiled the lead single (and accompanying music video for), “Atone.”
Cantrell comments on the first track, saying, “As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp. It’s been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with ‘Atone’.”
He elaborates on his sound, stating, “I’ve been in the band [Alice In Chains] for almost 34 years now. It’s always my first and foremost commitment, but it’s nice to explore different things and add another chapter to a growing body of work. After the last AIC tour wrapped, I geared my mind towards the possibility of making another record of my own.”
Brighten was co-produced by Cantrell and Paul Fig (long-time Engineer), also taking the helm as co-producer along with film composer Tyler Bates [300, John Wick]. Moreover, the record includes many musicians such as drummers Gil Sharone and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), pedal steel master Michael Rozon, Vincent Jones on piano, Wurlitzer, and organ, basist Duff McKagan, Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan on background vocals, and mixing via Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age).
Fans will be able to get “Atone” in several versions including a 12-inch vinyl single with a B side that includes an exclusive instrumental version (with glow in the dark packaging), 180 heavyweight vinyl, and a blood-red color vinyl exclusive to the Jerry Cantrell Webstore. Each “Atone” vinyl single purchase includes a red Flexi disc, red pick set, and an instant download of the song.
Brighten will be offered in an exclusive bone with gold splatter colour 180 gram vinyl via Jerry’s webstore. Limited signed CDs will also be available in the webstore for pre-order.
Brighten Track Listing:
3. Prism of Doubt
4. Black Hearts and Evil Done
5. Siren Song
6. Had To Know
7. Nobody Breaks You
The Cast of Players on Brighten:
Jerry Cantrell – Guitar, bass, vocals, keys
Greg Puciato – Background vocals
Duff McKagan – Bass
Gil Sharone – Drums
Abe Laboriel Jr. – Drums
Tyler Bates – Strings, percussion, guitar
Vincent Jones – Piano, keys, & strings
Jordan Lewis – Piano
Michael Rozon – Pedal steel
Lola Bates – Background vocals
Matias Ambrogi-Torres – Strings