If you were one of the lucky few hundred who caught Jenny Lewis' recent Roxy set, you heard previews of her first new solo material since 2008. Now the rest of us can finally hear what she's been up to all this time.
Lewis has released a new single, "Just One of the Guys," off her forthcoming album, "The Voyager." The record is due out July 29 on Warner Bros. And then there's the charmingly VHS-decayed lyric video for the tune too.
The song is a little indie-country pearl. Its resonant verses and immediately catchy chorus prove that Lewis hasn't lost any of her melodic gifts since 2008's "Acid Tongue" and that her lyrical wit has only sharpened with a few passing years.
The song's chorus is a riposte to a life spent in sweaty vans with rocker boys -- "No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys / There's a little something inside that won't let me."
Indie-experimentalist Beck produced the single, one of a few tracks to feature high-profile collaborators like Ryan Adams.
Early word on the album is that it pairs Lewis' penchant for self-critical lyrics with cutting meditations on loss -- both of her father and her old band Rilo Kiley, which recently broke up under less-than-affectionate circumstances.