Electronic-leaning British pop band Friendly Fires haven't released an album since 2011's Pala, but they're set to return with some new material in 2014 in the form of a collaboration with production duo the Asphodells (a.k.a. Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay). They have a joint 12-inch coming out on March 31 through Friendly Fires' newly minted Telophase label.
According to a press release, the two acts joined forces in the hopes of creating "music that came from a place outside of their respective usual musical styles — a loose, open-ended process embarked upon for the pure joy of experimentation and collaboration rather than a specific end goal."
Sessions took place at Weatherall's studio, the Bunker, in London's Shoreditch neighbourhood, and just down the road at Friendly Fires singer Ed Macfarlane's basement studio in Farringdon. The recordings were mixed with a board that previously belonged to krautrock guru Conny Plank.
This resulted in two tracks: "Before Your Eyes" and "Velo." Each one is close to 10 minutes long, so this is much more substantial than your average two-song single. They will be released digitally and as a double-A-side 12-inch.
For a taste of what the results sound like, check out a trailer below. It's less than a minute long and includes a snippet of tuneful, hypnotic electronic music.