Indie rock outfit Rilo Kiley just wrapped an extensive tour in support of its latest Brute/Beaute album, “More Adventurous,” but that hasn’t stopped frontwoman Jenny Lewis from keeping busy. The artist is at work on her as-yet-untitled solo debut, which will be released by Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst’s new Team Love label.
“Four days after we got back [from touring], I made this record in six days with [producer] Mike Mogis,” Lewis tells Billboard.com. “It’s a kind of soul record. I’m really excited about it.” According to a Team Love spokesperson, the set will likely arrive in the summer of 2005, as the fifth or sixth release on the imprint.
Until then, Lewis and Rilo Kiley have plenty on their plate. “We’re going to Europe with Bright Eyes in February, and I think to Japan with them as well,” she says. “We’ll come back and do another tour — we’re playing Coachella and Bonnaroo.”
“Then, hopefully my record will come out and I’ll tour with that before the year is over,” Lewis continues. “It’s a lot but it’s good. I get a little antsy when I have too much time off.”
As previously reported, guest spots by members of Rilo Kiley are sprinkled through Bright Eyes’ two new albums, “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” and “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn.” Both sets arrive Jan. 25 via Saddle Creek.
Lewis also appears on singer/songwriter Ben Lee’s New West debut, “Awake Is the New Sleep,” due Feb. 22.