The edgy, angry-sounding rock tune was recorded this past February in a studio in Helsinki, Finland.
Explaining why he decided to record in the northern European city, Elvis says, “I wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me. So, this is ‘The Helsinki Sound.'”
“No Flag’s” lyrics appear to come from the perspective of someone who’s feeling disenfranchised on multiple levels. As Costello sings in the chorus, “No time for this kind of love/No flag waving high above/No sign for the dark place that I live/No God for the damn that I don’t give.”
To accompany the track, an animated lyric video for “No Flag” has debuted at Costello’s official YouTube channel.
Elvis is credited with singing and playing all the instruments on the track: drum, guitar, organ and bass.
Costello also hints that another new tune may be coming next month, telling fans to look for “the next installment of this story on July 10th.”
By Matt Friedlander
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