Brian Wilson kicks back in the studio in the lyric video for “The Right Time,” a song that will appear on his upcoming album No Pier Pressure. The song features contributions from two of Wilson’s fellow Beach Boys, Al Jardine (who sings lead) and David Marks.
In the video, Wilson adds the vocal harmonies that made him famous to the song’s chorus and encourages the musicians, giving bassist Don Was a A-OK hand gesture and smiling at a story Jardine tells. Lushly orchestrated and relaxed sounding, right down to the “bah-bah-bah” bridge, the song finds Jardine questioning the right time to start a relationship with a woman. The song is available as an instant download on preorders of No Pier Pressure.
The LP contains another song that features Jardine and Marks, “What Ever Happened.” It also contains appearances by a number of notable guests, including She and Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (who recently covered the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”), fun. frontman Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves and early Seventies Beach Boys guitarist Blondie Chaplin.
Wilson discussed working with Musgraves in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone. “When it’s good it’s good, when it’s not — do it again,” he said. “But after three tries, Kacey nailed it. I like the way she just slides over the notes — she has a very cool sound.”
When Wilson wrote the album, he was thinking he would be recording it with all of the Beach Boys, as a follow-up to their That’s Why God Made the Radio comeback LP in 2012. But when the reunion fell apart, he assembled a new group of musicians to record what would become No Pier Pressure. The record will come out on April 7th.