Actress-singer Juliette Lewis recently sat down in the Rolling Stone studios, or a “little square room” as she jokingly called it, to perform two acoustic renditions of tracks off her latest album, Terra Incognita. The LP, which was produced by the Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, is due out September 1st. In the video above, Lewis, guitarist Chris Watson and percussionist Finnegan perform an intimate take of Terra‘s closer “Suicide Dive Bombers.”
As Rock Daily previously reported, Lewis shifted from the Licks to new moniker the New Romantiques because “this album is so sonically different than anything I’ve done beforeâ€¦ it needed an entirely new name.” That change in sound — from the riff-heavy Licks to the atmospheric Romantiques — can be heard on the other cut Lewis performed in our studio, the bluesy “Hard Lovin’ Woman.”
Rolling Stone also talked with Lewis about her new project backstage at this year’s SXSW festival, with the Kalifornia actress telling RS that Rodriguez-Lopez got involved after the two met at a music festival and bonded over their love of Federico Fellini films.
Lewis and her band are currently on tour in Europe, but the band will return stateside for a month’s worth of dates during a joint tour with Cat Power and the Pretenders starting August 7th with a show in Wallingford, Connecticut. Two more songs off Terra Incognito — the album’s title track and “Fantasy Bar,” are currently streaming on the singer’s new MySpace page.