Cleopatra RecordsTodd Rundgren just-released studio album White Knight finds the acclaimed singer/songwriter collaborating with a wide variety of guest stars, including Daryl Hall, Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor, guitar whiz Joe Satriani and Swedish dance-pop singer Robyn.

Rundgren tells ABC Radio that because he’s made most of his studio albums during the past 20 years by himself, “I got to a point where I felt I should make a greater effort to collaborate with other artists so that I wasn’t simply in my own echo chamber all the time.”

Todd says he hopes working with an array of artists from various genres will “open up new audiences” to his and his collaborators’ music.

According to Rundgren, nearly all the collaborations on White Knight were done remotely. He explains that his approach to working with the various artists was to let them “either contribute something to me and then I add to it, or I do something and ask them to contribute to it but not really oversee it in a way that I would if I was kind of in the same room.”

Todd reveals that Fagen was the only artist he worked with directly in the studio. The song they co-wrote, “Tin Foil Hat,” a hilarious skewering of President Trump that Rundgren says sounds like “a lost song from a Steely Dan record.”

Regarding the Hall collaboration, “Chance for Us,” Todd says he put a musical track of his together with a unfinished idea Daryl had for a tune “and, boom!, we had a song.”

Rundgren will appear on The Tonight Show this evening, sitting in with house band The Roots. The show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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