Surprise is the name of Paul Simon’s new album, which I learned about this evening from Tyler Cowen. I’m surprised to see it. Having gone six years since releasing You’re the One with its ending lyrics

I am heading for a place of quiet
Where the sage and sweetgrass grow
By a lake of sacred water
From the mountain’s melted snow

I thought that may have been his last full album. The NY Times review is here, song samples here. The album moves away from world music and is produced by Brian Eno, which could take some getting used to.

And here’s one more link for Paul Simon fans: “Graceland” as covered by jazz singer Erin Bode. She and her band give it a beautiful, jazzy interpretation on her recent release Over and Over. If you like the sound of this, I recommend taking the whole album for a late night drive with the windows down.