The fact that Thomas “She Blinded Me With Science” Dolby is halfway done with his first album in 20 years is noteworthy enough, I suppose, not to mention that he is recording it in a solar-powered 1930s lifeboat in his garden, but it was his list of guest performers that really caught my eye. Billboard reports that Dolby’s 3-part concept album, A Map of the Floating City, features TFB fave Regina Spektor, Mark “Money for Nothing” Knopfler, Imogen Heap, canadian fiddle master Natalie McMaster, and others.
The album is split into three geographically-themed suites: Amerikana, Urbanoia, and Amerikana. Spektor plays/sings the part of an Eastern European waitress on the track “Evil Twin Brother.”
While dropping the above teaser info about his new record, Dolby reflected on his career as not only a musical performer/songwriter, but a storyteller, as well. “What I think I always did best was write songs that told a story,” said the “Hyperactive!” singer, “beyond the usual pop relationship songs.” He hopes to release the album via a to-be-determined label and/or through his fan club this summer.