By Zachary Swickey
We’re not even a full month into 2012 and one of our favorite female voices in music, Norah Jones, has plenty for us to look forward to. Just a few weeks ago, Jones released the second album behind her side-project The Little Willies – a group that focuses on covers from Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton – and now Billboard is reporting that super-producer Danger Mouse will take production duties on her upcoming fifth album, Little Broken Hearts, due for release as early as this spring.
Jones first teamed up with Mouse (aka Brian Burton), who is one of our favorite producers around, for his side-project, "Rome" – a unique collaboration with Italian composer Daniele Luppi, which was inspired by old spaghetti western soundtracks and boasted Jones and renaissance man Jack White as the voices behind the project.
It’s also worth mentioning that Burton can arguably be credited with the meteoric rise of The Black Keys since he’s produced two of their last three efforts (Attack & Release and El Camino).
Apparently the release isn’t too far off either – Jones and Burton have already written all of the material for the album quietly at the producer’s studio in Los Angeles and even handled instrumentation all on their own. While the effort is more of a “partnership” with its producer than past Jones efforts, it will still be considered a solo release for her.
A press release states that Jones will be hitting the road extensively in support of Little Broken Hearts. However, the only dates we have as of yet are June 29 in Rochester, NY, and the classic Hollywood Bowl on August 10 in LA. We expect the full tour route and more details behind Jones’ fifth effort in the coming weeks.