Bob Dylan has been busy of late.
The master songwriter and Hall of Famer dropped a new song in March, the 17-minute epic “Murder Most Foul,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Rock Digital Song Sales, his first-ever leader on a Billboard chart. Then in April, he shared “I Contain Multitudes.”
At midnight, Dylan released another new track “False Prophet” and announced a new album Rough And Rowdy Ways, due out next month.
“False Prophet” is accompanied with a sinister piece of artwork that could be an old poster for a Hammer Horror film. We’re greeted by a skeleton in a sharp suit and top hat, carrying an old-school hypodermic in one hand, and a mystery present in another. His shadow is that of a man hanging from a noose.
— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 8, 2020
The song itself isn’t quite so grim. It’s a slow blues number which, like its two predecessors, explores the dark side.
On it, Dylan sings: “I’m no false prophet, I just said what I said/ I’m just here to bring vengeance on somebody’s head.”
All three tracks will appear on Rough And Rowdy Ways, slated for release June 19.
Dylan’s most recent album was the 2017 triple set Triplicate, a 30-song compilation of “classic American tunes” which followed up 2016’s Fallen Angels and 2015’s Shadows in the Night. For his most recent LP of original works, you’d need to go back to 2012’s Tempest.
Additional details on Rough And Rowdy Ways will be revealed Friday, reps for Dylan tell Billboard.
Stream “False Prophet” below.