Alain Johannes releases “Free” from forthcoming album ” Hum” Due July 31st Via Ipecac Recordings

June 4, 2020
Photo credit: Tom Bronowski


Alain Johannes, who recently announced the July 31st release of his third solo album, Hum (Ipecac Recordings), offers a second song and accompanying video from the 10-song collection, sharing the vista-laden clip for “Free”. 

Johannes says of the track: “’Free’ appeared on my cigarbox guitar as I was holding it while imagining open lonely beauty, desert landscapes, a wanderer walking following the wind. It comes from a desire to let go of where I’ve been. Honoring it but not burdened by it. Making my steps into the unknown lighter.” 

“Free” joins “Hum” as the two pre-release singles available to those who pre-order the album ( Hum is available digitally as well as physically on CD/LP. 

“Free” lyrics: 

All of these pieces

are mine


Do I see their design


I’ll let ‘em carry me

Far away on the desert wind

And if I lose myself

Will I find that I’m truly free

All of these haunted daysbelie

Holding ‘em tight as they wane


I turn and walk away

And I follow the desert wind

And if I lose myself

Do I find that I’m truly free

I turn and walk away

And I follow the desert wind

So I lose myself

As I find that I’m truly free

Hum track list:

1. Mermaids’ Scream

2. Hum

3. Hallowed Bones

4. Someone

5. If Morning Comes

6. Free

7. Sealed

8. Here In The Silence

9. Nine

10. Finis

Alain Johannes first came to international prominence with Eleven, a trio that featured Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and with Johannes’ beloved late wife, Natasha Shneider. Eleven released five albums between 1991 and 2003. Johannes and Shneider became sought out contributors, working with Chris Cornell on his celebrated 1999 solo debut, Euphoria Morning—which the couple co-wrote, co-produced, and toured in support of. They also lent their talents to Queens of the Stone Age’s chart-topping 2005 Lullabies To Paralyze and the subsequent two-year touring cycle that followed its release.  Along the way, Alain either wrote, produced, or engineered projects for No Doubt, Mark Lanegan, Jimmy Eat World, Brody Dalle, and Arctic Monkeys, to name a few. Not to mention, he performed in PJ Harvey’s live band as well as Them Crooked Vultures where he shared stages worldwide with Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones. A sought-after composer for film, television, and video games, he has penned music for HBO’s Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) as well as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Breakpoint. Plus, Grohl enlisted him as part of the Sound City Players, co-writing and performing various cuts on the soundtrack for Sound City. Following Natasha’s passing, he unveiled his first solo effort, Spark, in 2010 before delivering the follow-up Fragments and Wholes, Vol. 1 three years later.

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