Chatting with NME for final week’s Massive Learn cowl story, the band mentioned the making of their upcoming new album ‘Alpha Zulu’, which was recorded at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs within the Palais du Louvre.
Additionally they spoke of their kinship with Vampire Weekend, and the way the collaboration with Koenig took place. On ‘Tonight’ being a duet, guitarist Laurent Brancowitz stated that he was initially hesitant of the format.
“I used to be saying ‘present me one basic tune that’s a duet’”, he advised NME. “I used to be resisting, after which [frontman] Thomas [Mars] got here again with a listing of duets that have been classics and I needed to admit I used to be flawed.”
Of Phoenix’s relationship with Koenig’s band, Mars added: “There’s all the time been a synchronicity with us and Vampire Weekend.
“A pair years in the past, Laurent introduced a pattern of [Japanese cult star Haruomi] Hosono to us, after which two weeks later we heard the identical pattern on their tune ‘2021’ [from Vampire Weekend’s 2019 album ‘Father of The Bride’].
“We’re interested in the identical issues and we’re reaching for a similar sounds and inspirations,” he added.
Phoenix not too long ago carried out ‘Tonight’ on The Late Present With Stephen Colbert. Koenig was not within the studio for the looks, along with his half dealt with by a synchronised video that seemed to be the identical footage used within the observe’s music video.
Watch that efficiency beneath.
Elsewhere within the cowl characteristic, the band paid tribute to Philippe Zdar, the late composer and producer who labored with the band all through their profession. Zdar died in 2019 after he suffered an unintentional fall from a rooftop in Paris. He was 52 years outdated.
“He was pleasure and chaos; a whirlwind,” frontman Thomas Mars stated of Zdar. “A producer that you simply dream of working with. I’m positive that any band that labored with Phillippe got here out of it stronger. You can’t break up after you’re employed with Philippe: he’s an amazing producer and therapist.”
“He was right here in a manner, greater than ever on this album,” guitarist Christian Mazzalai added. “The primary tune we wrote for the album, ‘An identical’ [first released in 2020 for Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks], was written simply days after he handed. From the start to the tip, it was unimaginable to not really feel Philippe.”
‘Alpha Zulu’, the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Ti Amo’, will likely be launched on November 4. The group are presently on tour in North America, and can head to the UK and Europe in November.