Neil Young Debuts “When I Watch You Sleeping,” Preps Two ‘Storeytone’ Versions

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.08.14 in News

Neil Young has revealed a bit more about upcoming November album, Storeytone. Earlier this week in Boston, he performed a haunting song from the album, “When I Watch You Sleeping,” accompanying himself only on acoustic guitar and harmonica as he delivered such lines as, “Today I paint my masterpiece/ Tonight I trace my tears.” Watch fan footage below.

Young has also let slip that Storeytone will be available in two different versions. As Rolling Stone reports, one will be orchestral, while the other will be solo. The orchestral version was recorded without overdubs, with the musicians and Young all in the same room. He reportedly didn’t go through on his idea, discussed in Billboard, of using only one mic.

Young previously shared multiple versions of Storeytone‘s “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” an environmentalist anthem. Social-media activity indicates he worked on the album with big-band leader, composer and arranger Chris Walden as well as longtime producer Niko Bolas. The album is Young’s second of the year, following A Letter Home, which he created with Jack White in a vintage recording booth.