Spacedust & Ocean Views, a glorious excursion into theWest Coast sunshine, is the artist's 12th full-length album. Produced by Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop) and released on March 18, the 12 breezy, yet thought-provoking tracks explore love and heartbreak, adventure and misadventure and finding one's place in the universe - among other things.

"Lafayette": A Tribute to Louisiana

The first single to be released was "Lafayette" back in January, a catchy retro rock tune that pays tribute toLouisiana.The inspiration for the song came while Osborne was driving home from the Dockside Studios in the Cajun countryside and instantly missing it - theVermilion River, his friends, the food and of course the music.

Spacedust & Ocean Views: The Songs

In all, the record took about five months to write. From an initial starting point of 80 songs, the singer and his band (bassist Carl Dufrene, guitarist Scott Metzger and drummers Brady Blade and Tony Leone)tracked 35 and then Osborne picked 12 for the final release. Standout moments include "Life Don't Last That Long" (the current single, out now), "Cape Cod," "Move Back" and "Big Talk."

Contemporary drummer and percussionist Johnny Vidacovichand bassist James Singleton(both of whom are members of New Orleans jazz outfit Astral Project) --and jazz/pop/rock icon Rickie Lee Jones -- appear on the cosmically charged "From Space," the album's closing track.

Anders Osborne reflects on his new album

"I think the sound reminds me of a sunset," muses the Swedish-born 49 year old, who put out his first LP, Doin' Fine, in 1989, while commenting on the overall 'feel' of Spacedust & Ocean Views. "The lyrical theme feels like universal relevance and seaside contemplations."

Which of the songs particularly satisfy their creator?

"I do like 'Can You Still Hear Me,' a song written for my dear departed friend Tim Green," he replies, "one of the most amazing musicians and humans I have ever met."

Anders Osborne talks about his future plans

"Lots of touring and I'm making a couple more records this year," answers the seasoned pro, who also happens to be a fine guitarist, when asked about his plans for the rest of 2016.

I then quizzed him about his future ambitions. "I would like to produce a record with the mighty Dr. John and sing with Van Morrison!"

Spacedust & Ocean Views is out now.

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