Singer and musician Jack Spann will drop his second solo record, Beautiful Man From Mars, on June 16. The 13-song LP will be released digitally as well as on CD and vinyl, and took a year to record and produce. The title track was crafted after Spann worked with David Bowie on the demos for the late singer's final album, Blackstar. “It was just a simple little melody that came while I was driving from New York to Vermont to play a gig, and the lyrics wrote themselves," Spann said in a press release.
The result is a triumphant and enchanting number that embraces the listener. The album also includes revised versions of "Time," "Songman," and "Fear or Loyalty" from Spann's first solo effort, Time, Time, Time, Time, Time. In an interview with AXS, he discussed time's significance. "Well, the mystery of what time actually is (or isn’t), the fear of death and the perplexing complexity of life led to some powerful questions I tried to answer," he explained. "That these lyrics come anywhere close to what and how I actually feel, is astounding to me. And even more so, that others reflect back to me with that understanding."
That same reflection is present on Beautiful Man From Mars, which features Rob Medcalf and Don Kelly on drums and percussion as well as producer Gary Tanin on keyboard. Spann's vocals and acclaimed piano skills are at the center of the album, and the multi-instrumentalist also provides guitar, bass, and keyboard. For more information on Jack Spann and Beautiful Man From Mars (Big Boo Music/OARFIN/Alliance), visit Spann's website and Facebook page.