The album, due for release via Seattle Surf/Republic, marks his first collaboration with producer Andrew Watt, who won the 2021 Grammy for Producer of the Year.
‘Long Way’ sees Vedder channelling his inner Tom Petty over an arrangement awash in 80s-inspired heartland rock theatrics – including buzzing organs and fiery guitar solos.
“His eyes appear vacant / he’d taken more than his share / trying hard to awaken / the voice of regret in his ear,” Vedder sings in its opening verse.
Watch the lyric video for ‘Long Way’ below.
‘Long Way’ is the first song revealed from ‘Earthling’, which has yet to receive a confirmed release date.
Vedder will feature on Elton John‘s new album of collaborations ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, it was announced last week. He will appear on the song ‘E-Ticket’.
In August, the soundtrack for Flag Day, a film directed by Sean Penn, was released. It features eight songs Vedder wrote and performed with Glen Hansard. One of the songs, ‘My Father’s Daughter’, features vocals by Vedder’s daughter Olivia.
‘Earthling’ marks Vedder’s third solo album, following 2007’s ‘Into the Wild’ soundtrack and 2011’s ‘Ukelele Songs’.
Last December, Vedder unveiled a six-track EP titled ‘Matter of Time’, which included stripped-back versions of Pearl Jam songs and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Growin’ Up’.