While the Killers have spent this summer leapfrogging from music festival to music festival, Brandon Flowers has also been working on his second solo album, due out in 2015. “The record’s not done yet, but I’m excited about it… I’m liking it,” the singer told NME. Flowers released his first solo LP Flamingo in 2010.
Over the course of four albums and a greatest hits collection, the Killers have worked with an eclectic mix of heavyweight producers like M83, Stuart Price, Alan Moulder, Brendan O’Brien, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, and Flowers’ next solo LP will carry on that tradition thanks to his latest collaborator, Ariel Rechtshaid.
“He’s taking me out of my comfort zone,” Flowers told NME of working with Rechtshaid. “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.”
In the past year alone, Rechtshaid has helped shepherd Sky Ferreira‘s Night Time, My Time, Haim‘s Days Are Gone, and Rolling Stone‘s Number One Album of 2013, Vampire Weekend‘s Modern Vampires of the City.
Although the Killers recorded two new tracks for their “best of” comp Direct Hits (and covered Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” at the V Festival), the band hasn’t been overly active since the release of 2012’s Battle Born, and while Flowers is focusing on his solo disc now, he tells NME that the Killers will return to the studio at some point. “I wanna keep being in this band,” Flowers said. “I don’t think we’ll get too morbid about it, I think we wanna keep going.”