Just two days after millions around the world woke up to find they were suddenly the owner of U2’s latest album — whether they liked it or not — the globe-straddling humanitarian rockers have now released a making-of video.
In a Twitter message posted Friday, the band shared a video capturing the recording of Songs of Innocence, which is U2’s 13th studio album.
— U2 (@U2) September 11, 2014
Songs of Innocence was first announced on stage Tuesday at the Apple keynote event unveiling the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, where the band performed lead single “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”. The album was released digitally later that day for free to all iTunes Store customers, with Apple automatically pushing it via iCloud to iTunes accounts.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, one of the record’s surprise special guests, Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li, revealed that she had been invited by album producer Danger Mouse to sing, which she did first in a Los Angeles studio and later again with U2 frontman Bono present.
“[Bono was kind of like the quiet leader, instructing me how to sing in tune – which I usually don’t,” she said. “Mostly, they let me do my own thing, but we tried different things like to whisper it to someone or to scream it to someone, but it was all about creating intimacy. We turned off all the music and sang only to the drums, so it was really getting to what the core of the song meant. I had a wonderful time.”
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.