Jenny Lewis Discusses Insomia-Inspired New Album

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.19.14 in News

Rolling Stone has confirmed some of the details around Voyager, the first solo Jenny Lewis album in six years. Due out July 29th through Warner Bros., the effort was largely produced by Ryan Adams and his studio mate Mike Viola, with Beck and Jonathan Rice stepping in to round out its remaining three tracks.

“Ryan and I didn’t know each other very well before this album,” Lewis explained. ” We had hardly even listened to one another’s music, to be honest. But I trusted the vision, and Ryan ended up being the person to get me over the fear of finishing something I’d been working on for so long.”

One of the reasons the record “took a village” to complete was an ongoing bout with insomnia, a struggle compounded by the death of the singer’s estranged father and the breakup of her longtime band Rilo Kiley. She was also busy touring arenas with The Postal Service last year. “This record was the hardest one I ever made,” Lewis said. “The Voyager tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest.”