New Mercury Rev Album Honors Producer Nitzsche

Experimental rockers Mercury Rev have completed work on the follow up to 1998's critically lauded "Deserter's Songs." A tribute to late producer Jack Nitzsche, the Buffalo, N.Y.-bred band's forthcomin

Experimental rockers Mercury Rev have completed work on the follow up to 1998's critically lauded "Deserter's Songs." A tribute to late producer Jack Nitzsche, the Buffalo, N.Y.-bred band's forthcoming album will be titled "All is Dream," and is set for a Sept. 11 release through V2. The set, which a V2 spokesperson describes as "huge sounding," was produced by frequent David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.

In a hand-written statement, guitarist Jonathan Donahue explained that the new album was first planned as a collaboration with Nitzsche. "As it turns out," Donahue writes, "he died a week before the sessions were to begin. Jack loved 'Deserter's Songs.' 'Those chord changes, man,' he would say on the phone.'"

Following Nitzsche's death last August, "All is Dream" wound up becoming a full-fledged tribute to his life. In the note, Donahue goes on to describe Nitzsche, famous for his production work with the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, and Phil Spector, as "the ghost of music past."

"Jack was real fragile, but not weak," he continues. "Just not of this world or out of place or a part of some long-forgotten time in music we were too young to recall."

Mercury Rev is expected to tour in support of "All is Dream" but no dates have yet been confirmed.