Minneapolis scene mover and shaker returns.
The Stone is the title of the new Andre Cymone album, set for release on February 18th following a successful PledgeMusic campaign. It finds the veteran singer/songwriter/ producer/multi-instrumentalist reestablishing himself despite having notched a considerable reputation in the ‘80s.
“I feel like I’m starting from scratch,” Cymone says of The Stone, his first new album in 29 years. “I guess it’s a little unexpected to be finding my voice after all this time, but it feels great.”
Even if he’d never returned to active duty to make The Stone, Cymone’s place in the musical canon would be assured. His rich musical history encompasses three much-loved solo albums (Livin’ in the New Wave, Survivin’ in the ’80s and AC) and a prolific career as hitmaking producer (Jody Watley, Tom Jones, Adam Ant), as well as a long-running collaboration with Prince, during which Cymone emerged as one of the architects of the revolutionary Minneapolis sound that permanently changed the face of popular music in the ’80s.
In recording the new album, Cymone embraced a more basic, direct musical vocabulary than the one he’d employed in the ’80s, emphasizing the energy and immediacy of live performance by cutting the tracks live in the studio. The resulting album is, according to the Cymone camp, “both expansive and intimate, merging raw, muscular rock ‘n’ roll with insistent hooks and sharp, insightful lyrics that tap into timeless human truths while exploring a range of social and political concerns.”
Below, check out his track “America” which he released last year in support of the Obama campaign.