The return of the Black Keys is officially upon us: Akron's most popular rock duo is back with a new single, "Fever," that previews their (ahem) feverishly anticipated eighth studio album, "Turn Blue."
While "Fever" opens at a more measured pace and with less of the snarl from previous hits "Lonely Boy" and "Howlin' For You," Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney whip things into shape for the chorus, built around a kitschy keyboard line and some wailing harmonies. Throughout the song, Auerbach addresses the titular word as a temptress, pleading, "You shook me like I've never been/Now show me how to live again."
On Friday (Mar. 21), the Black Keys announced that its "Turn Blue" album would be arriving on May 13 through… a post on Mike Tyson's Twitter account. The album follows up the duo's biggest album to date, 2011's "El Camino," which produced the chart-topping singles "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling" and was nominated for album of the year at the Grammys.
According to a press release, "Turn Blue" was primarily recorded last summer at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, with Danger Mouse once again aboard to co-produce with Auerbach and Carney. "We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record -- not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either," says Carney in a statement. "On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We're excited for the world to hear 'Turn Blue.'"
Before heading to Europe in June, Auerbach and Carney will perform at the Hangout Music Festival, which takes place in Alabama on May 16-18. Also of note: Auerbach is apparently working on "Ultraviolence," Lana Del Rey's sophomore album.