'A Letter Home' will be "retro-tech"
Neil Young

Neil Young appears to be heading in two distinct directions.

The singer launched the Pono format at SXSW, an attempt to introduce new levels of fidelity to the digital sphere.

Alongside this, Neil Young is working on a new album using very primitive technology. Covers record 'A Letter Home' was laid down in Jack White's recording booth at Third Man HQ in Nashville, using only the most basic of equipment.

Speaking to SPIN, Neil Young explained: "Well, 'A Letter Home' is going to be very confusing to people because it is retro-tech."

"Retro-tech means recorded in a 1940s recording booth. A phone booth. It's all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl" he continued. "It's a funky old machine, it sounds like Jimmy Rogers or something."

As Neil Young points out, though, Pono isn't as distinct from a recording booth as one might expect. "You can make a lo-fi, analog record, direct to vinyl, transfer it to 192, and you have a high res copy of a lo-fi vinyl record."

Read the full interview HERE.

'A Letter Home' is due to be released this year.

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