Courtesy of Fathom EventsNeil Young revealed during a recent Q&A-and-film event in Los Angeles that he’s nearly finished with a new studio album he’s recording with Promise of the Real, the rock band featuring Willie Nelson‘s sons Lukas and Micah. Young said it’s “effortless” working with the group, with whom he also made his previous record, 2015’s The Monsanto Years.

That same evening, the folk-rock legend shared some more details about the new project with Rolling Stone. He told the magazine that the album is due out in June, and that making it has been “a very rewarding process.” He added, “I feel really good and amped and energized. And I feel like I’m doing something that I’ve never done before. It’s not just music. It’s a soundscape. It’s kind of like flying around listening to things with your eyes closed.”

Young compared the album to “a giant radio show,” maintaining that the songs “are too long for iTunes,” so he won’t be selling the record on the digital music site.

Neil then offered a rather surreal description of the experience of listening to the album.

“Imagine it’s a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on earth — all of the animals and insects and amphibians and birds and everybody,” he suggested. “And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments.”

During the film-and-Q&A event, which also featured screenings of his 1982 movie Human Highway and 1979 concert flick Rust Never Sleeps, Young showered praise on Promise of the Real, which also has served as his touring band since last year.

“This band is a gift,” he said. “This band plays more [of my] songs than all of my other bands I ever played with combined…And they really have the pedigree and the depth and the provenance in their histories to be able to understand what it is I’m doing and why I’m doing it.”

Before the arrival of Young’s latest album, his fans will get the chance to purchase updated DVD versions of Human Highway and Rust Never Sleeps, which will be released on April 22. You can pre-order them now at

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