Robert Plant Signs With Nonesuch for New Album

Michael Gordon

New album will feature his psychedelic-inspired band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

Rock legend Robert Plant has signed a deal with Nonesuch Records ahead of the release of a new album. The label announced that the Led Zeppelin alum's upcoming release, his 10th solo effort, will feature his roots and psychedelic-inspired backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

"I'm pleased to find such a reputable home for our renegade departures," Plant says in a statement from the label. "The support and encouragement we have received has been strong and refreshing."

Further details, including a release date, will be announced soon. The album will come out worldwide on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records.

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Plant and the Space Shifters are spending this summer on tour, with dates in Europe that include festival stops at Pinkpop, Glastonbury and Montreux. Their live shows are peppered with reimagined versions of familiar Led Zeppelin songs, which Plant has said keeps him excited about getting the Led out.

"You just hit it, give it a good bang," Plant said in 2013. "It's sort of like taking a can of wasps and giving it a good bang with a stick, and then opening the lid. It's just like, 'Ooooh!' That makes me sing better and it makes me go back to not feeling that I'm a cliche, that I'm not actually just going through the motions."

Plant's Nonesuch debut will be his first album since 2010's Americana set, Band of Joy, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. That release came fresh on the heels of Raising Sand, his massively successful collaboration with vocalist Alison Krauss, which earned the pair album of the year honors at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

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In the decades since Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980, Plant has recorded for several imprints, including Es Paranza, Mercury, Sanctuary and Rounder. His pair of collaborative albums with old mate Jimmy Page -- 1994's No Quarter and 1998's Walking Into Clarksdale -- were released by Atlantic, the original home of Led Zeppelin.

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