On November 25th, Elvis Costello & The Imposters will release The Boy Named If (Alive at Memphis Magnetic), a companion to January’s widely-acclaimed album The Boy Named If which earlier this week was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album." This new album features live-in-the studio renditions of TBNI songs, a version of Costello’s “Every Day I Write the Book”, numbers by The Rolling Stones, Nick Lowe, The Byrds and Paul McCartney and a brand new remix by the Japanese duo, chelmico - listen here. Recorded live-in-the-studio during tour rehearsals at Memphis Magnetic Recording in October 2021 and May 2022, the album captures the band playing, as Costello puts, “Some of our favourite songs while negotiating with any tricky angles in our new tunes." The first song to be released is the sole track not recorded in Memphis, a new remix of “Magnificent Hurt” by Japanese female rap duo chelmico, who Costello first heard performing the theme to the anime show “Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!” (Watch here)

Chelmico says "Can’t believe we did a collab with Elvis Costello & The Imposters!! Who knew this could happen in real life!? When we were talking on a Zoom call, Elvis said we can do whatever we want so we just did! Please enjoy our interpretation of the world of Magnificent Hurt. The beats by ryo takahashi is just a perfection! We're all HAPPY that Elvis is happy with the track!" The Boy Named If (Alive at Memphis Magnetic) is released on EMI, with Capitol Records as the release partner in the US. Read Costello’s essay about the record below. The Boy Named If (Alive at Memphis Magnetic) track listing: Magnificent Hurt (Costello) Truth Drug (Nick Lowe) Penelope Halfpenny (Costello) So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star (McGuinn/Hillman) What If I Can’t Give You Anything But Love? (Costello) The Boy Named If (Costello) Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney/Linda McCartney) Every Day I Write The Book (Costello) Out Of Time (Jagger/Richards) Here, There and Everywhere (McCartney) Magnificent Hurt remix (Costello/chelmico)


When The Imposters and I entered Memphis Magnetic studio in October 2021 it was the first time we’d been face-to-face or side-by-side while playing the songs from “The Boy Named If”. That album had been recorded over “electrical wire” in late 2020 from our respective lairs and cupboards under the stairs but now we were in Memphis on pretext of rehearsing for our first full tour ever since the world ended in March 2020. Now we were three days from opening on the Soundstage at Graceland but what better way to prepare than playing some of your favourite songs while negotiating with the trickier angles in our new tunes. In the summer of 2021, we’d invited Charlie Sexton to join us on the guitar when we were unable to obtain Steve Nieve’s “Letters Of Transit” from France to play a couple of shows and liked the outcome so much that we all agreed to proceed as a quintet. We set up with stage monitors, a plan that Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve would have recognized from the “Blood & Chocolate” sessions only without all the sulking and sniping. Now, Pete Thomas once vaulted over a fence to retrieve a brick from the demolition site of the original Stax Studios building. He told any musicians with a faltering groove in his own basement studio - Bonaparte Rooms East - “That brick has heard, “(Sittin’ On) the Dock Of The Bay”. We celebrated our return to the city by Pete and Davey Faragher putting a little Memphis magnificence into “Everyday I Write The Book” with Steve leading us on the Hammond and Charlie filling in around my voice, one of a number of repertoire songs that we re-arranged for the tour. The album, “The Boy Named If”, set out to be an antidote to our mutual isolation. Now with my co-producer Sebastian Krys and his assistant Daniel Galindo in the Memphis Magnetic booth and our road crew tight to the walls of the studio or in the hallway outside, we put on the red light and began finding our way around these new numbers in the same room and at the same time, and shaking off a little dust by tearing through songs like Nick Lowe’s 1976 Dutch release, “Truth Drug”. Having played our first appearance of 2022 at JazzFest in New Orleans before celebrating the opening of the Bob Dylan Centre in Tulsa and even working up an encore of “Like A Rolling Stone” in the dressing room of “Cain’s Ballroom”, we had now returned to Memphis Magnetic to rehearse for upcoming U.K. and European dates and while we let The Imposters and Charlie loose on the “Hey Clockface” numbers that I’d recorded alone in Helsinki but would now earn their place in the coming shows before lighting “Indoor Fireworks” with a different match and finding a minor mood in “Brilliant Mistake” and filed them away for a future collection called, “King Of America & Other Realms”. It seems we remained in a freewheeling mood as we cut, “Out Of Time”, the Jagger/Richards tune that I first learned from Chris Farlowe’s Immediate Records release, to which I later added, tambourine, maracas, a second piano and a few other tricks and diversions, after all, we were in a recording studio. We certainly got the sense of where a tune like, “What If I Can’t Give You Anything But Love?” might be headed from night to night,