Robbie Robertson, the guitarist and main songwriter of The Band, released his latest solo album Sinematic today.
The 13-track collection features songs connected to — or inspired by — two new film projects: the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band and Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming crime epic The Irishman, for which Robbie composed the score.
Sinematic includes a song titled “Once Were Brothers,” which celebrates Robertson’s old group and laments his broken relationship with the other members, three of whom have passed away.
In a new Wall Street Journal interview, Robbie says about the song, “I didn’t set out to write about this, but I just started thinking about how I’ve lost Richard [Manuel], Rick [Danko] and Levon [Helm], and it’s heartbreaking…The song took me where it wanted to go.”
Another key track from the album is “I Hear You Paint Houses,” a duet with Van Morrison that directly relates to The Irishman and the book on which it’s based. The book, I Heard You Paint Houses, is titled after a phrase mobsters use when hiring a hit man.
Sinema also includes contributions from Derek Trucks, ex-Who touring bassist Pino Palladino, famed session drummer Jim Keltner, Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season, and singer/songwriter Citizen Cope.
The album is available now on CD, as a 180-gram-vinyl two-LP set and digitally. A Deluxe Edition featuring the CD, the LPs and a 36-page hardcover book of artwork Robertson created for each track will be released on October 25.
Here is Sinema‘s full track list:
“I Hear You Paint Houses”
“Once Were Brothers”
“Dead End Kid”
“Walk in Beauty Way”
“Let Love Reign”
“Praying for Rain”
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