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A new Neil Young album could be in stores as early as this March, according to several reports published on the internet yesterday.

In a short interview with Rolling Stone, Neil Young himself describes the new album, titled A Letter Home, as “one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had.”

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Outside of the title, few other details have emerged about the new album. However, the “low-tech” description does seem to match up with rumors earlier this month about a possible album of cover songs, said to have been recorded with Jack White. What is known for sure, is that last year, Young recorded a cover version of Bert Jansch’s song “Needle Of Death” in the very low-tech confines of the Record Booth located at White’s Third Man Records.

From here, the already murky waters surrounding the mysterious A Letter Home were further muddied with conflicting social media reports, citing sources close to both Young and White.

Neil Young’s Facebook page flat out denies these reports, saying “Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets.” Meanwhile, Third Man Records tweeted their own message about A Letter Home, calling it “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology.”

Adding to these rumors, a number of the internet reports go on to speculate that the album will be a joint release through Warner Bros., White’s Third Man, and Neil Young’s own label. All of this of course, remains to be seen.

Another interesting wrinkle to the story, was Neil Young’s official announcement that his long-awaited PONO digital music system will be rolled out at this year’s South by Southwest conference, which also takes place this March. Young made the announcement during his acceptance speech for the “President’s Merit” award from the Grammy Producers and Engineers Wing, earlier this week.

During the same speech, he also announced the new album, leading to the flood of conflicting stories on the internet. A Letter Home would be the first album of new material from Neil Young since 2012’s Americana and Psychedelic Pill collections with Crazy Horse. Most recently, Neil Young wrapped up the series of acoustic Canadian benefit shows called Honour The Treaties.

UPDATE: Rolling Stone is reporting today that Neil Young’s A Letter Home will be released in March on Jack White’s Third Man Records. According to the report, a message credited to “Homer Grosvenor” was posted on both Young and Third Man’s websites yesterday announcing the album.

As soon as we know more, we will post updates here. Stay Tuned.

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