Published Jan 27, 2009If you're anything like us, the lack of a new Phoenix record has really started to take its toll, making each album-less month a little more difficult than the last. Thank God, then, that after a three-year absence the Parisian popsters are finally rolling out not one but two new records in 2009.
First off, as previously reported, the band are planning to release their follow-up to 2006's much-loved It's Never Been Like That in May, dubbing the group's fourth album proper Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
The album was recorded last year and features Philippe Zdar of French house outfit Cassius co-producing. Also, it's apparently "fast and intense," with the group's front-man Thomas Mars suggesting to NME that the record captures some of the energetic spirit of the group's 2000 debut, United, with a more guitar-oriented sound.
"This album shares many similarities with United, our first one. I feel like we started this record without any specific goal in mind," explained Mars. "The last record was about our present, this one is about our future."
To hear a brief sample of just what Mars is talking about you can currently check out a snippet of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix over at the band's website.
Now, as for that aforementioned second album, Phoenix have confirmed that they're up next to curate a mixtape for Paris label Kitsune as part of the imprint's Tabloid series. That release has been given the due date of March 23 in the UK, and by the looks of the artists included on the comp, we're in for quite the eclectic mix. Throughout the collection's 18 tracks, Phoenix have included songs by everyone from Kiss to Tangerine Dream to D'Angelo to Urge Overkill to Dirty Projectors to everyone's favourite dead Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.
And while there is no confirmed track list yet for Phoenix's mixtape, nor for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, we do know that the following artists will be on the group's Tabloid mix:
The Red Crayola
The 13th Floor Elevators
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Iggy Pop & James Williamson
Phoenix "Long Distance Call"