Spoon Announce New Album ‘They Want My Soul,’ Share Song Clips


A new Spoon album is coming. The follow-up to 2010’s Transferences is called They Want My Soul, and it’s due August 5 from Loma Vista (a change from long-time label Merge).

This was all announced in an interview with NPR’s All Songs Considered, in which the band also talks about the post-Transferences hiatus. The first half of the album was recorded (somewhat contentiously, by the sound of it) with rock-friendly producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, My Morning Jacket) in LA. After mixing that first half with Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Sparklehorse) in New York, though, the band opted to finish the record with the more casual, weird, distortion-happy Fridmann.

That difference can even be heard in the tracks sampled in the the interview, which includes clips of several: “Knock Knock Knock”, “Inside Out,” “They Want My Soul,” and the cover “I Just Don’t Understand” (based on the Ann-Margaret version, not the Beatles’). The first Chiccarelli track is a rather fervent Spoon cut, where the Fridmann tracks get a little weird, especially in the guitar, as the hosts note. The Fridmann and Chiccarelli tracks are mixed throughout the album, rather than the album being split, with each producer getting a half.

The interview goes on to discover a number of other things in detail, including the pseudo-return of “Jonathon Fisk” and the Spoon debut of Divine Fits member Alex Fischel. Listen to (or read) the whole interview over on NPR. Spoon had also released some teasers on YouTube – watch those below.

Tyler Hanan

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