New York-based rock band Interpol has recently announced a new album release. This statement marks the band’s first new record in four years; the release will also be accompanied by a short tour, packed with both US and European dates.
The trio has entitled the album “El Pintor” or “The Painter.” These recordings will be Interpol’s fifth studio work.
The band wrote and produced the bulk of the album last year, eventually settling on ten tracks to be featured on “El Pintor.”
After setting out to record the tracks at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in their hometown of New York City, the band completed an album mixing in London during the early part of this year.
Although no official studio leaks of the tracks have been released, live versions of new, unheard songs entitled “Anywhere” and “My Desire” have surfaced online. Along withThe band has also provided a behind-the-scenes video delving into the album’s creation.
“My Desire” is already a personal favorite. Paul Banks’ lead vocals on this track are back with a vengeance, along with his compelling, almost mesmeric guitar riffs. This recording’s more relaxed, tranquil vibe reins obviously different from the second released track, entitled “Anywhere.”
Even as a modern song, “My Desire” retains a tight grip on Interpol’s melodic indie/alternative-rock sound. The track “Anywhere” brings fourth a more buoyant, upbeat energy comparable to senior tracks including “Slow Hands” and “Evil.”
Along with these live releases, the band recently featured in a short a ten-year anniversary video in tribute to their debut album “Turn on the Bright Lights.” The short film mainly touches upon the album’s creation process, and the band’s musical evolution.
The band has also stated that they hadn’t intended on sticking to one sound, but wanted the writing to continually be a more organic process. Although this was the intention, the newest songs continue to highlight Interpol’s original sound, while also incorporating a newer dynamic.
The album’s official release will occur on Sept. 9 in North America. Interpol has already begun touring, and is currently preparing to play their next show at Hurricane Festival in Germany on June 20. Until then, preorder for “El Pintor” is now available on the band’s official website.