After several false starts, it looks like Jane's Addiction is finally ready to release their new album, The Great Escape Artist, this summer. The band suffered a few setbacks with the departures of bassists Eric Avery and Duff McKagan, but singer Perry Farrell says the group is fleshing out about 20 potential songs at a Los Angeles studio, where they are now working with TV On The Radio bassist Dave Sitek. Sitek will not be touring with Jane's, but he is collaborating with them as a songwriter and recording bassist for the album.
"He's like a scientist, and he's not afraid of making a monster," Farrell told Rolling Stone. "It just keeps getting gnarlier and gnarlier."
The Great Escape Artist is being produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol), and the final album will be edited down to about 45 minutes. Guitarist Dave Navarro calls it "not a typical rock record," and it may be a departure from the band's earlier work.
"A lot of it is really hypnotic. We're getting back into using a lot of space and having a lot of air," Navarro told the magazine. "The music that I listen to and love isn't necessarily Rock-oriented anymore. There is a beauty in simplicity that I'm really embracing. To me, that's an evolution as an artist."