Ryan Adams Scraps New Album and Throws Away the Tapes

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Are you excited for Ryan Adams‘ upcoming new album? Don’t be. Despite previously revealing that he was 11 songs into his next album, the prolific songwriter has now confirmed that he has scrapped the whole thing and started over.

Adams broke the news today on Twitter. When a fan asked about his new LP and his plans for the rest of the year, he responded that he had “scrapped everything” and added, “The best thing about analog tape is you can literally throw it away and start over.” Presumably, he’s talking about the material he teased last month.

Evidently the songs he was working on felt stale, and he explained, “I was letting myself fall into those worn out concepts of design & obligation.” He’s already started work on a new project, although it sounds like this is still in the early stages. There’s no word as to whether the Valentine’s Day single “Baby I Love You” will be included on the new album or if that’s also been scrapped.

Tragically, he also added that his brother passed away when he was wrapping up the tour behind last year’s Prisoner. He wrote, “I am still broken. He’s gone. It hurts to play.”

Read the tweets about his scrapped album down below.

I don’t know. I scrapped everything I was writing and started over.
The best thing about analog tape is you can literally throw it away and start over. https://t.co/QC8HqMcSQc

— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) April 15, 2018

Maybe.
But I was thinking too much about what I was building. I was letting myself fall into those worn out concepts of design & obligation
I don’t wanna create that way

I want to use the colors falling from the sky in that moment. That’s who I am & those moments are always true https://t.co/ieihbCiVSg

— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) April 15, 2018

The important thing is:
I can “feel” the undertow of what I’m after now, I hear those songs that aren’t even here yet like rumbling trains off in the distance, like a Dejavu of things that haven’t happened yet.

I painted half the room, and saw the color in the light/ now I know https://t.co/GcPvuiRMUW

— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) April 15, 2018

I always marvel discussing something I recorded that was “unreleased”
That word doesn’t fit exactly how it feels describing seeds of verse from my life I might have been saving for the right kind of rain.
Songs are the currency of my soul
Yet, shame if you have it, it’s released https://t.co/I5JifUhe8e

— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) April 15, 2018

My brother died on the last day of the Prisoner tour. I don’t think I know how to explain that to myself yet.
I knew he was very sick & shows at end of the last tour broke me.Knowing he was helpless. I am still broken.

He’s gone. It hurts to play.
There are no songs for that https://t.co/ssNtjmrYym

— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) April 15, 2018