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Jenny Lewis previews ‘The Voyager’ on NPR

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 21, 2014

It’s been a long wait for fans of indie-pop singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, whose last solo album came out in 2008. The former Rilo Kiley singer, who will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 (Sunday of both weekends), releases her new disc “The Voyager” on July 29 via Warner Bros., and NPR is now streaming a “First Listen” preview of the record.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams produced the record for Lewis at his Pax Am studios. NPR writer Ann Powers likens the results to her 2006 disc “Rabbit Fur Coat,” with the caveat that on “The Voyager,” Lewis “goes not for country-music references, but for a wider palette that pays tribute to the history of studio rock.”

Lewis also has a self-directed new video for the single “Just One of these Guys” that gets a star-power assist from actresses Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway: