Spoon R.I.P.

UPDATE: Spoon will perform at least one song from They Want My Soul in a live NPR webcast from NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on Monday 6/9 at 1:30PM EST.

When Spoon announced that they had something mysterious called “R.I.P.” coming next week, we didn’t know what it meant; it seemed entirely possible that they could pull a Beyoncé on us and just drop a new album out of the blue. Well, we still don’t know what “R.I.P.” is, but we do have a pretty good idea that it’s not a new album. The band has announced a few of the details of their next album, the follow-up to 2010′s Transference.

That new album is called They Want My Soul, and it’ll be out 8/5 on new label Loma Vista. It’s the first album that the band recorded with their newest member, keyboardist Alex Fischel, who previously played with Britt Daniel in the Divine Fits. It’s also the first they’ve ever made with outside producers; they started out with longtime industry pro Joe Chiccarelli and finished up with the much-celebrated Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev collaborator Dave Fridmann in Fridmann’s upstate New York studio. Given that Spoon’s entire aesthetic is minimal and carefully composed, while Fridmann is more famous for messy splashes of sound, it’ll be interesting to hear how their styles mesh.

The band recently sat for an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, where they said a few things about the album. For one thing, there’s a cover: A version of “I Just Don’t Understand,” a 1961 song made famous by Ann-Margaret and also covered by the Beatles. Britt Daniel initially recorded the cover for the web magazine Rookie, but he decided to keep it for his own band’s album. There’s also another one called “Knock Knock Knock” and one called “New York Kiss” and Jonathan Fisk, a character who was the subject of a song on Spoon’s classic 2002 album Kill The Moonlight, makes another appearance. The interview includes a few clips of new songs, which sound great, and you can hear it here. We also posted video of the band debuting “Rainy Taxi” onstage this past weekend. Watch them play it for a second time in London on Tuesday night…

And here’s a video teaser for Tuesday’s reveal.

Comments (14)
  1. YUSSSSSSSSSSSS

  2. Mm-mm-mmm.

    • Better not forget to bring my tumbler to the Comment Party in August, that snare on ‘New York Kiss’ is bringing some PUNCH and I want unlimited refills.

  3. Between this, a new Interpol LP, and a damn good single to what may be Caribou’s best album, I’ve been collectively losing my shit these past couple days. 2014 may even surpass 2013 music-wise.

  4. Can’t wait. August tends to be a wasteland for new releases so it’ll be good to have this to fill that usual gap.

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  6. caryn  |   Posted on Jun 5th +1

    Cool art on R.I.P. teaser. Ok, I’m intrigued . . .

  7. Love Spoon. Love Britt. That being said am I the only person out there that likes the Dan fronted songs on Divine Fits more than the Britt fronted ones?

    • Definitely not the only one.

      • I’ll take it another step. Wolf Parade are towards the very short list of my alltime favorite bands. And Spencer got all the ink. I like Dan’s songs more with that project as well. Oh, and I love all the Handsome Furs stuff…

        Wait a tic…

        I’m in love with Dan Boeckner.

  8. sweet. Music clips are sounding good. Love Friedman. Isn’t Rainy Taxi a really old Spoon demo? New York Kiss is sounding a little bit too poppy but Ill withhold judgement until the final release.

  9. Chris  |   Posted on Jun 5th +2

    Just a friendly correction:

    ” It’s also the first they’ve ever made with outside producers; they started out with longtime industry pro Joe Chiccarelli and finished up with the much-celebrated Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev collaborator Dave Fridmann in Fridmann’s upstate New York studio. ”

    Mike McCarthy produced every spoon album from Girls Can Tell to Ga Ga Ga. In addition, Jon Brion produced The Underdog from Ga Ga Ga. If you listen to those records versus Transference (which was self produced) you hear McCarthy’s influence in the overall bigger sound and tighter production.

    • I know, strange, right? Literally every piece about the album uses that phrase – “outside producer” – so it must’ve been in the press release. I guess Spoon considers McCarthy sort of a 5th Beatle/George Martin situation?

  10. One of the announced song titles is “Rent I Pay”, I bet it’s the music video for that.

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