'Open' All Night

"We've experimented a lot more with sounds and odd instruments we've never used and pushed ourselves as far as we can but the essence of what we are is still the same," frontman Gary Lightbody says.

Snow Patrol will release its next studio album, "Eyes Open," this week in North America via Interscope. The driving, up-tempo first single "You're All I Have" is No. 6 this week on the European Digital Tracks chart.

The 11-track set features a duet between frontman Gary Lightbody and singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright on "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" as well as guest appearances from Posies/Big Star principal Ken Stringfellow on keyboards plus backing vocals from Scottish indie rock notables Eugene Kelly, Charlie Clarke, Jenny Reeve and Iain Archer.

Other highlights of the new effort include the synth-washed, U2-ish "Shut Your Eyes," the grungy, Sufjan Stevens-namechecking "Hands Open" and the anthemic "Open Your Eyes." "We've experimented a lot more with sounds and odd instruments we've never used and pushed ourselves as far as we can but the essence of what we are is still the same," frontman Gary Lightbody says. "Essentially it's based around melody."

Lightbody adds that while in the studio, the group has been listening to such acts as Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush ("for strange vocal melodies") and composer Gyorgy Ligeti ("for strange arrangements"). He is particularly high on the track "Chasing Cars," which he calls "the purest love song I've written. No tinges of darkness or misery -- just totally uplifting."