Earlier this year the news of a Roots/Elvis Costello collaboration created quite a bit of excitement for fans of these prolific artists. After working together on Jimmy Fallon the crew immediately felt a connection, which resulted in Wise Up Ghost the forthcoming album from Costello and The Roots crew. This morning the group shared a the album’s first single “Walk Us Uptown” in the form of a bare-boned but exciting lyric video.
The video for “Walk Us Uptown,” directed by Marian Blanco, features Costello and ?uestlove posting up with a record player and listening to the new single. Quite frankly, the sight of these two artists together alone is enough to make us giddy. ?uestlove may have called the album a “moody, brooding affair,” but “Walk Us Uptown” feels far more like a bouncing blend of both artists’ finer aspects.
“Walk Us Uptown” features The Roots’ skittish horn arrangements and shuffling percussion, and Costello’s soulful vocals tumble along with cunning wordplay as he rides the soaring soundscape.
Wise Up Ghost is set for a Sept. 17 release via Blue Note Records.