New song ‘Lustre Parfait’ offers a snippet from Gord Downie’s posthumous album, Bob Rock


TORONTO — Metallica producer Bob Rock serves up a taste of his collaborative album with Gord Downie.

« Lustre Parfait, » an upbeat rock ‘n’ roll song filled with organ, brass and soulful choirs, hit streaming services Thursday.

It’s the first single from an album long rumored between the Winnipeg-born record producer and the late Tragically Hip frontman, due out next year.

The track was composed by Rock and features lyrics and vocals by Downie.

More than a decade in the making, « Lustre Parfait » is the first song to emerge from the legendary longtime collaboration of Gord Downie, the late iconic frontman of The Tragically Hip, and Bob Rock, the legendary producer perhaps better known for Metallica’s Black Album. Inspired by their brotherhood in rock n’ roll, « Lustre Parfait » is electrified and resplendent, built with respect for the magnitude of the music itself. Blending poetry and power in sumptuous measure, the song erupts from the door with blistering rhythm, organ rolls and horn thumps, inspiring Gord’s thoughtful verses and explosive chorus – a resounding invitation to « come together in le noir » for that silent, magical moment when the lights go out and the stars begin to shine.

An announcement for the upcoming joint effort says the Rock and Downie project began over a decade ago after the producer finished work on 2009’s ‘We Are the Same’, his second album with The Hip. .

Downie asked Rock about the possibility of collaborating as a duo, which led Downie to « dive into the depths of his notebooks » to find material.

Beyond Metallica’s « Black Album, » rock has a famous history in the music scene that includes winning a Grammy for its work on Michael Bublé’s « To Be Loved » album and producing songs by Mötley Crüe, the Cult, Cher and Our Lady Peace.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 20, 2022.


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