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Paul Weller’s 22 Dreams to be released in the U.S. on June 24

Paul Weller hadn’t recorded anything for three years, but it’s not like he took time off to nap. While he was out of the studio, he played concert series in New York City and Los Angeles, earned Lifetime Achievement honors at the 2006 Brit Awards and reissued a deluxe edition of his timeless record, 1995’s Wild Wood.

And that’s all fine and good. Great, even. But this summer, there’s another Weller-related cause for excitement. His new album, 22 Dreams, will hit stores June 24 on Yep Roc . And it’s been a year in the making.

22 Dreams will feature 21 (not 22?) new songs, a full 70 minutes of music featuring collaborations with the likes of Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon. It’s Weller’s ninth solo album and should be pretty eclectic, displaying his affinities for rock, funk, soul, classical, spoken word, electronica “and beyond.”

The album was recorded at Weller’s Black Barn Studios in Surrey, and the first single, “Echoes Round the Sun,” was co-written with Gallagher.

That being said, be sure to keep your eyes on the news: no dates have been released yet, but the Modfather will tour the U.S. later this year.