As previously announced, Elton’s latest project is out today.
This is a collaboration with Yard Act on their song, 100% Endurance: stereogum.com/100-endurance/.
Singer James Smith found the 75-year-old to be ”brilliant, switched on, hilarious and an amazing musician” who ”said something very poignant–‘I love playing on other people’s songs, especially these guys, because I started off as a session musician. The fascinating thing is you hear things so differently from other people, and when you hear what they hear, then it all makes sense.’
”That insight, that curiosity and that approach to music is the reason he’s still standing (after all this time). Elton is a diamond. It was an honour to collaborate with him. My mum is showing off to all her mates and mad sh** happens when you do art.”
Elton said that right away, he fell in love with James’ lyrics, ”and the way he’s delivered the song. Their sound is such a breath of fresh air. It was such a thrill to be thrown in with musicians I’d never met before, it pushed me out of my comfort zone and I became a better musician.”
He continued: ”They’re a very special band, with a massive future ahead of them, and I’m honoured they’ve let me be a part of their journey.”