It wasn’t just Rechtshaid that Brandon decided to draft in; he also set about drawing up a dream cast of supporting musicians. In among the bombast, there’s contributions from the likes of Bruce Hornsby, Ethan Farmer and Tony Levin, alongside his own peers Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors), Danielle Haim and Killers bandmate Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “It was fun to have people who have their own little corners of expertise and letting them get back into that, letting them do their thing. I’ve never worked like that and it was really fun.” “I’m feeling more…” he continues, touching upon his growing confidence as a solo artist. “It’s a big pair of shoes that you have to step into when this is your job, I guess. There have been so many great people who have gone before me, and I’m finally starting to feel like I belong. That it’s okay for me to go for it and really let loose a little
bit more.” The result is infectious; ‘The Desired Effect’ sees Flowers really coming into his own as a solo star; he manages to do it all with an insatiable wink. “I mean, I want people to take away from it just what I take away from music,” he offers up on how he hopes listeners will react, “I don’t know that it’s a specific thing but it made my life better. It genuinely made my life better and it still does. I mean, if you’re in the car and ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ comes on by The Pretenders, how do you not feel good?!” he laughs again. “It’s a powerful thing, music. I’m so grateful for all it’s done for me and I just wanna repay the favour.” Brandon Flowers’ new album ‘The Desired Effect’ will be released on 18th May via Virgin / EMI. DIY
“I was able to do whatever I could dream of.” Brandon Flowers
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NINE DISCS OF SORROW The National have announced the release of their “durational performance” with Ragnar Kjartansson as a vinyl box set. Titled ‘A Lot of Sorrow’, the limited edition 9xLP boxer captures the band’s six-hour performance of ‘High Violet’ track ‘Sorrow’ at New York’s MoMA session in 2013.
DON’T LET US DOWN Sharon Van Etten has announced a new EP, ‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down’. The five-track EP is pencilled in for a release on 8th June via Jagjaguwar. Van Etten previously gave the title track its first airing on Ellen back in January.
BRAND NEW BRAND NEW Brand New have released their first new material in over six years. The mysterious four-piece recently performed a new cut titled ‘Don’t Feel Anything’ during their tour, which was then revealed as a single under the new guise of ‘Mene’ back on 13th April. Listen over on diymag.com.
SHIPWRECKED Florence + The Machine has unveiled the video for ‘Ship to Wreck’. Ryan Heffington directs the new clip, which begins in a dark, empty street, Florence takes to a scene of distress, from crying in bathtubs, to violent altercations fighting on the stairs: that ship has truly been wrecked. 8 diymag.com
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