The Roots and Elvis Costello announced their forthcoming collaborative LP Wise Up Ghost yesterday. The project, described by ?uestlove as “a moody, brooding affair” full of “cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies” is slated to drop this fall via Blue Note.
?uesto first hinted at the record’s existence in an interview with Billboard in January. The project – detailed by ?uestlove during a recent interview with Fuse TV – was recorded during super secret sessions at Feliz Habitat Studios. The remaining material was produced at Elvis Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios. ?uestlove and Elvis Costello teamed with Steve Mandel to round out the production. There is also a guest appearance from La Marisoul of Los Angeles based group La Santa Cecilia. The record features a tight collection of tracks whittled down to 13 or 14 from about 20 recordings – a process ?uestlove summed up by saying, “I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.” Originally distributed on Record Store Day by way of a small batch of white label test pressings, Wise Up Ghost is slated for full release to the public on September 17th. Keep an ear out for more.


  • justhemusic

    cool, excited about this project! Been a big ol Elvis fan since getting hip to him in the early 80s, and followed his catalogue consistently through the 90s. Always love the tone and texture of his delivery, his production and arrangements are often a great balance of tightness and raw freedom with sneaky melodics that subtly get ya hooked without knowing it. dude has some soul & bite.This combo with ?uesto could be really interesting, so im definitely gonna be picking it up when it hits….