Dan Auerbach‘s the Arcs will release their debut album Yours, Dtreamily on September 4th, but a week before it arrives, the Black Keys singer has offered up a stream of his new project’s new LP. Head over to NPR to hear Yours, Dreamily, which leans more toward soul and R&B than Auerbach’s hard-rocking guitar-and-drums day job, in its entirety.
The Arcs teams Auerbach with his longtime musician buddies Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon and Kenny Vaughan, plus all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
“These guys have equal input on all the songs,” Auerbach said in June. “It’s a completely different thing than the Black Keys, where I write the lyrics, the chords and most of the melodies. Every song on this record is co-written with the whole band. That’s why I didn’t call it my name. I love being able to sit back and let songs evolve without me. It’s been a new experience.”
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Yours, Dreamily was recorded in two weeks at sessions across Los Angeles, New York and Auerbach’s Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound. Those sessions were so fruitful that the Arcs were left with dozens of leftovers tracks. “When we get together, our output is kind of crazy,” Auerbach told Rolling Stone. “We have 75 songs. We had to keep telling ourselves to stop writing new songs so we could finish old ones.”
The 14 tracks that appear on Yours, Dreamily feature first single “Outta My Mind” and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight-inspired “Stay in My Corner.”