Justin Timberlake, international pop superstar extraordinaire, is releasing a brand-new solo album on Feb. 2, titled “Man Of The Woods.”
While we don’t know exactly what to expect, we have to admit that this teaser that was released has some Americana and even country elements to it.
In the video, Justin is seen wandering in the woods, through snowy ground and fields, and there are even horses involved. Of course his gorgeous wife, Emmy-nominated actress Jessica Biel, makes an appearance in a cowboy hat, as does his son, Silas. For Justin, they were key influences in the planning for this record.
“This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family,” he says in the video. “But more than any other album that I’ve written, where I’m from.”
That would be Memphis, Tennessee. JT’s more recent solo work like his smash album the “20/20 Experience” has been incorporating the bluesy and soulful heritage of the Memphis music scene. Justin and Jessica even moved back to Tennessee and are regularly spotted out and about in the Franklin area by locals.
But could this new project be calling on more of the country side of Memphis and his roots?
There are more teasers in the video, voiced by his wife. She is heard echoing, “Feels like mountains, trees, campfires, like Wild West, now.”
Rapper and renowned hit-making producer Pharrell appears in the video as well.
“It feels so earthy. It’s just where you are in your life right now,” Pharrell is heard saying.
We wonder if Pharrell is at the helm of the record or not. Remember he did produce a record for Little Big Town a few years ago, so it’s not entirely improbable for him to want to explore the country side of Justin’s sound here either!
The good news is we won’t have too long to get a listen. “Man Of The Woods” drops Feb. 2, just days before Justin is slated to perform the Halftime Show during Super Bowl LI.
And regardless of whether it’s country in any way or not, we’re still dying for another collaboration between Justin and his buddy Chris Stapleton. What do we all have to do to make that happen, huh?