“I’ve always been a man without a country. I’ve always been a citizen of heaven.”
That’s the opening salvo of “A Man Without A Country,” one of several fascinating, soul-searching pieces on a new album from music industry legend T Bone Burnett, due April 13 on Verve Forecast. Titled The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space, the seven-track, 44-minute suite is the first part of a trilogy featuring fellow composer/musician/producer Keefus Ciancia and heralded drummer Jay Bellerose, both longtime Burnett associates.
Burnett, who’ll also be Wednesday’s Music Keynote Speaker at SXSW, will be speaking not so much about The Invisible Light itself, but rather “about the things that the record’s speaking about,” he said by phone last month. “Perhaps I can put the record in context for people.”
And just what are those things the record speaks about? It’s complicated, but deeply intriguing. PR material issued in advance of the release includes this attempted summation: “At the heart of this trilogy is technology and how it has advanced significantly throughout the course of the last century, with radio, film, television and the internet serving as central parts of our lives.”