The Killers frontman also discusses reaching out to producer Ariel Rechtshaid after hearing Vampire Weekend's latest songs.
Brandon Flowers is forging a bold new path on his second solo effort, The Desired Effect, which follows 2010's Flamingo but sounds like a total departure for the Killers frontman. Previewed earlier this week by the kinetic lead single "Can't Deny My Love," The Desired Effect (due out May 19 on Island Records) represents the most playful project Flowers has ever been a part of, embracing a blissful dance-pop vibe thanks in part to producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX, Haim), who worked closely with Flowers on the new full-length.
"I knew what we were getting into when we reached out to Ariel -- he's the funkiest white dude out there, and I needed a little of that in my life," Flowers told Billboard earlier this week. "[The Killers] were on tour in Australia, doing a festival, and we were playing next to Vampire Weekend and hearing some of their new songs. You knew there was something going on, and that this guy was a part of it. It just all came full circle, I got him on the phone and we just hit it off."