Here's what Neil Young and erstwhile White Stripe Jack White are decidedly not working on together: a duet album. Alas, despite speculation to the contrary, Young's Facebook page has swiftly squashed the fantasy:
False Rumours: Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumours have no basis in truth.
Your next record's coming out in March?
Yeah, it's one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had.
You'll hear it. It's called A Letter Home.
And it is indeed a covers album, of an altogether different sort than last year's Americana:
An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology... @NeilYoung's A LETTER HOME.— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) January 22, 2014
So what has Jack White got to do with it? Given sightings of Neil Young at Jack White's Nashville Third Man headquarters in Nashville, Consequence of Sound speculates that Young recorded an album at White's refurbished 1947 Third Man Recording Booth. Young calls it "one of the lowest-tech experience I've ever had," so sounds about right—and that's coming from a guy who's recorded a willfully dreadful-sounding rockabilly tribute, not to mention the stripped down Ragged Glory, which was said to have gotten its grimy sound at least in part from a recording session done by Neil Young with his foot in a bucket of manure.
We await word from Neil Young's official Facebook page on whether or not there is any cow crap on hand at Jack White's studio.