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The Black Keys Unveil New Track “Turn Blue”

New album of same name due to drop 5/13 on Nonesuch

After the monumental success of  2011’s El Camino, which went on to earn The Black Keys a whopping four Grammys,  bandmates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are back to try again with a much anticipated new release titled Turn Blue.  This week, the duo dropped the title track of the album as a teaser.

Two things intrigue me about this track.  First of all, it’s got a steady-but-chill midtempo groove that never gets very intense, which is a bit of a departure from the high energy of tracks like “Lonely Boy.” Second, you can hear the sonic fingerprint of Danger Mouse on virtually anything he touches. (He co-produced this album with Auerbach and Carney.)  I don’t know if that’s good or bad just yet—merely an observation at this point.

If this song is any indication, couple with with the first single “Fever” released last month, we can surmise that Turn Blue is likely to be more laid-back in its vibe, but more precise and polished in its production.  Again, whether that’s going to harm or help a band known for its energetic rawness is a matter for the jury—i.e., the audience.

The audio for the track is below, but fair warning—you might want to avoid staring at the psychedelic backdrop if you’re prone to seizures. Just saying.  Listen and see what you think.

 


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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