Bruce Springsteen is returning with his 20th studio album this fall.
The new record, “Letter To You” (Columbia) — featuring the Boss’ longtime cohorts the E Street Band — arrives Oct. 23, but fans can hear the titular single in a new video now.
Springsteen, 70, produced the upcoming release alongside collaborator Ron Aniello, who worked with the artist on his previous two albums. The 12-track lineup includes three newly polished recordings from unreleased studio work, circa the 1970s: “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest” and “Song for Orphans.”
In a press release, Springsteen told fans, “I love the emotional nature of ‘Letter to You.’ And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs.”
“We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had,” he said.
The “Born To Run” singer has apparently stayed busy this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic. In the spring, he paired up with Dropkick Murphys for a socially distanced performance at an empty Fenway Park in Boston, from where they streamed to audiences online.
He’s also kept himself occupied with his series, “Bruce Springsteen — From His Home to Yours,” on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio channel. In a June broadcast, he dedicated two hours of music to the late George Floyd, whose May 25 death while in police custody has sparked ongoing protests nationwide.
“We remain haunted, generation after generation, by our original sin of slavery,” the artist-activist said at the time. “It remains the great unresolved issue of American society. The weight of its baggage gets heavier with each passing generation. As of this violent, chaotic week on the streets of America, there is no end in sight.”