Robert Plant has announced he will release his new album, Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, on Friday September 5. The first single, Rainbow, is released digitally today, Tuesday June 24.
Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut for Nonesuch and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are originals written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
The band includes longtime collaborator guitarist Justin Adams on a number of exotic instruments, including bendir, djembe and tehardant.
Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is Plant's first record since 2010's Band of Joy, which followed 2007's Raising Sand, Plant's six-time Grammy Award-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss.
Plant and band recorded Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK.
"It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant said. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters."
He continued: "They come from exciting areas of contemporary music... I have been around awhile and I ask myself, 'Do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart?' I see life and what's happening to me."
The singer added: "Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships... and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidoscope of sound, colour, and friendship."