The Black Keys have revealed in a new interview with NME that their upcoming eighth album, Turn Blue, features some experimentation by the duo, including one song that is entirely based around a sample and another track that is the band’s longest to date.
- Drummer Patrick Carney said that the song “Year In Review” includes a sample of Nico Fidenco, an Italian singer and movie soundtrack composer best known for his work on spaghetti westerns.
- Meanwhile, frontman Dan Auerbach revealed that the album’s opening number, “Weight of Love,” clocks in at nearly seven minutes. That beats the duo’s record of nearly six minutes that it set with “Goodbye Babylon” from 2006′s Magic Potion.
- Auerbach told us that the Keys never set out to make albums aimed at commercial success:
- “The records that we like are all kind of gritty and raw and not commercial, necessarily, so we never concerned ourselves with like having singles or anything like that. We were just like, ‘Cool, we’ve got 11 songs, that’s a record, awesome. What are we gonna put on the album cover?’ That was it. We were just two knuckleheads making records.”
- Turn Blue was produced by Danger Mouse and the Black Keys and was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood last summer. Auerbach said that he and Carney left the studio just once in two weeks while recording.
- Turn Blue will arrive on May 13th. The new disc follows up 2011’s El Camino, which featured the hit singles “Lonely Boy” and “Gold On The Ceiling.”