Brandon Flowers Is Recording A Solo Album With Ariel Rechtshaid
Danielle Haim shared the stage with the Killers in San Francisco on Outside Lands weekend, and it looks like she and Brandon Flowers are sharing a producer now too. NME reports that Ariel Rechtshaid, who had a hand in Haim’s Days Are Gone as well as other amazing 2013 releases by Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, and Charli XCX, is working with Flowers on a solo record for release next year. Flowers offered a couple brief quotes about the follow-up to his 2010 solo LP Flamingo. “The record’s not done yet, but I’m excited about it… I’m liking it,” he said, unhelpfully. This one is only slightly more instructive: “People are going to interpret it how they will, but there’s only a little bit of Vegas in there.” Flowers had this to say about working with Rechtshaid: “He’s taking me out of my comfort zone. Normally I make demos and they’re pretty similar to how the song ends up. but he’ll take a song and be like, ‘I hear this.’ It’s incredible — his palette and his range, what he’s able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we’re hitting it off.”
Rechtshaid has worked with everyone from Usher to Plain White T’s to Cass McCombs, but Flowers’ usual glammed-up heartland-rock wheelhouse seems like new territory for him. It will be exciting to hear what they come up with. In the meantime, read our interview with Rechtshaid here.
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