The New Pornographers are currently hard at work on their sixth studio album, which would be the Canadian indie-rock supergroup’s first full-length since 2010’s “Together.”
In an interview last month, Neko Case told Billboard that she has heard “a few of the songs” that would be on the Matador Records collective’s next album, which would follow the September release of Case’s latest solo effort, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.”
“The new songs sound good to me and I’m really excited to go back,” says Case. “We’ll probably have most of the vocals done in late July. And then I don’t know what they have going for a release date yet. I leave that up to them, because I’m like, ‘I can only make so many decisions.’ It’s actually really freeing for me to go in there and just be an instrument, basically.”
The New Pornographers are the long-running brainchild of singer-songwriter Carl “A.C.” Newman, and also includes Case, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, solo artist Kathryn Calder and multi-instrumentalist John Collins, among other members. Since the release of “Together,” which has sold 85,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, Newman released his third solo album, “Shut Down the Streets,” in 2012, while Destroyer issued “Kaputt” one year earlier. Case’s “The Worse Things Get…” album is due out Sept. 3 on Anti- (click here for more on the album).
“I’ve worked with all these people for so long that you get in the studio and it’s the same thing — it’s the joy of that moment where you can let go and you know, ‘Okay, somebody wants to hear this music, we cannot worry about it,'” says Case on concurrently working with the New Pornographers as well as on her solo material for over a decade. “It’s like being born twins. I can’t imagine life without the New Pornographers.”