Dan Auerbach heads into outer space in the music video for "Shine On Me," the lead single from his upcoming solo album, Waiting On A Song.

Dan Auerbach heads into outer space in the music video for "Shine On Me," the lead single from his upcoming solo album, Waiting On A Song.

Easy Eye Sound

Black Keys guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach released the first taste of new music set to appear on his upcoming sophomore solo album, Waiting On A Song, on Thursday. The new single, titled "Shine On Me," will be one of ten new tunes set to appear on his first solo effort since 2009’s Keep It Hid when it comes out on June 2, via Auerbach's brand new label, Easy Eye Sound.

The light-hearted single, which can be heard along with its official music video below, almost sounds more like a children’s music tune rather than a traditional Black Keys song with its warm and catchy melodies and elementary school-like anthem for the chorus. The music video for "Shine On Me" is equally as fun and entertaining, as the guitarist makes the most of his animated alien abduction to travel the universe and partake in such shenanigans as winning an interstellar demolition derby, making an appearance on the late night television circuit and being named Wormhole’s "Man of the Year."

For the first single off Waiting On A Song, Auerbach also got a little help from Dire Straits guitarist, Mark Knopfler. Surprisingly, the two had never met, and didn’t even collaborate together in person at Auerbach’s Nashville studio where he recorded the album. That didn’t stop Knopfler from adding a pretty solid rhythm section to the song though.  

“I decided to call him anyway to see if he would add a guitar part to it,” Auerbach said in the song’s premiere about his decision to randomly recruit Knopfler. “I gave him no instructions — just told him to do whatever he felt. He sent it back two days later with that rhythm guitar part on it and it was perfect! And that guitar sound couldn't be mistaken for anyone else. I'm so grateful for his contribution.”

Waiting on A Song Tracklist:
1. Waiting On A Song
2. Malibu Man
3. Livin' In Sin
4. Shine On Me
5. King Of A One Horse Town
6. Never In My Wildest Dreams
7. Cherrybomb
8. Stand By My Girl
9. Undertow
10. Show Me