Rufus Wainwright has previewed his forthcoming Unfollow The Rules album with the fourth single and closing track "Alone Time".
Wainwright says of his new single, ""Alone Time" is the end title of my upcoming album, Unfollow The Rules. An old school record that attempts to take the listener on a rich journey through the myriad of experiences of this thing we call ‘life.’ It is my belief that with everyone and everything, ultimately, all conclusions are about solitude and the acceptance of that fact, and that often this is a very beautiful realization. But today, in these dark times, I’m thinking a lot about the thousands of people who, due to COVID-19, are forced to experience intense isolation at the end of their days in order to save others, and the incredible fear that that must entail. This track is humbly dedicated to them; it is a wish of hope and a prayer for grace that they feel some sense of joy and comfort in knowing they are performing such an incredible act of sacrifice for humanity."
Unfollow The Rules will be Wainwright's first new album since 2016's Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, and first pop album since 2012's Out of the Game.
The album was produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney) at a range of LA studios including Sound City Studios, United Recording, and EastWest Studios.
Wainwright says of the new LP, "What I would like this album to symbolize is a coming together of all the aspects of my life which have made me a seasoned artist. My aim is to emulate the greats of yore whose second acts produced their finest work – Leonard Cohen when he made THE FUTURE, when Sinatra became Sinatra in his 40s, when Paul Simon put out GRACELAND. Pop music isn’t always about your waistline. Many songwriters improve with age. I’m flying the flag for staying alive!"