Now in his Autumnal years, Brian Wilson has vowed to rage against the dying of the light.
Whether it's through collaborations or completing 'lost' aspects of his own catalogue, the Beach Boys founder remains obsessed with the new.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Brian Wilson recently confirmed that he is working on a new album which could well feature Frank Ocean, Zooey Deschanel, Lana Del Rey and more.
Frank Ocean is "potentially" slated to sing on 'Special Love' while Lana Del Rey's appearance on 'Last Song' is described as "haunting".
The news was met with some measure of disapproval by Brian Wilson's fans, prompting the songwriter to post a note on his Facebook page. Vowing to "fuck with the formula" Wilson re-affirmed his stance in some style:
To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right.
I’m really proud of these new songs and to hear these great artists sing on them just blows me away. I love what we’ve done.
I would think that after making music for more than fifty years, my fans would understand that I’ll always do what’s in my heart – and I think that’s why you are my fans. So let’s just wait until the album comes out because I think you just might dig it as much as I do.
Love and Mercy, Brian