He's already penned some of the most cutting protest songs ever in his forty year career and now Elvis Costello has returned with a new track that skewers the current global situation.
No Flag is a distorted guitar assault and was a actually recorded last February but according to a statement is fitting for the current world unrest. "No time for this kind of love / No flag waving high above," Costello sings. "No sign for the dark place that I live / No God for the damn that I don’t give."
The new song is Costello’s first since Elvis Costello And The Imposters’ 2018 album Look Now.
No Flag was recorded over three days in Helsinki, Finland at Suomenlinnan Studio. "I wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me," Costello. "So, this is 'The Helsinki Sound’."
A statement added that fans should "look out for the next installment of this story on July 10", which hints that more new music from Costello is due soon.
The singer will join Rosanne Cash for Present Perfect: Songs of Protest and Memory, part of the Live With Carnegie Hall series. Brandi Carlisle, Gary Clark Jr., Marc Cohn and Ry Cooder also join the event on June 11.
It’s described as having "a focus on protest music, past and present, and its ability to bring people together in times of crisis".