Legendary Beach Boys producer Brian Wilson is teaming up with a whole team of pop stars for his brand-new album. When the Beach Boys reunion that began in 2012 was called off due to internal conflict, it looked like Wilson might shelve his new material.
It was a shock,” Wilson told Rolling Stone. “I was so proud of how the Boys were singing. Then it just ended. I was writing for the Boys, so I thought, ‘What am I gonna do without them?’”
Instead of calling it quits altogether, he re-grouped with new collaborators. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Frank Ocean and Zooey Deschanel have all been in the studio with Wilson working on his as-yet untitled album. Ocean rapped on a song called “Special Love” that is still unfinished, Kacey Musgraves did three takes for “Guess You Had to Be There” and Nate Ruess of fun. is also on a track.
The Ocean track might not make the album, but Wilson loved Nate’s voice, comparing him to his brother and fellow Beach Boys member, Carl Wilson.
As for Lana? She worked with Brian on a track called “Last Song,” which will serve as the album’s centerpiece. There’s a version with Wilson on lead vocals, and an alternate one with Del Rey as the primary vocalist. Wilson wrote the song about his sadness over the Beach Boys’ breakup.
Brian, we love you, but we’re rooting for Lana’s version! That kind of celebrity sadness seems right up her alley—but this time it’d be based on real life!