Justin Timberlake made fans hope that new music is on the way with his No. 1 hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling” this past May, and the superstar has finally given a few more details about what’s to come.
Amid his involvement with the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie Trolls and the Tribeca-premiered film The Book of Love (starring his wife, Jessica Biel), Timberlake has also been hard at work in the studio with magic man producer Pharrell Williams with his next album in mind. But unfortunately for fans, there’s no deadline on the creation process this time around.
“I think everyone I’m working with right now knows I’m notorious for being like, ‘Yeah, let’s work. I have no idea when I’ll put it out, though,’” Timberlake told Variety. “I’ll put it out when it’s done, when it feels right.”
Adding to his (totally bummer) news that he’s not sure when the next album will be ready, Timberlake said, “I’m just in the now of now. I think it’s an effect of just enjoying my life more. For a long time I lived my life for a lot of other people, or for the idea that those other people had an idea of me. And whatever — there’s a guy who’s gonna wake up tomorrow and transfer an organ from one body to another and save someone’s life — so what are we even doing?”
Despite JT’s vagueness about the album’s release date, he did give a little more detail about the type of material fans can expect on his fourth solo album. And from the sounds of it, the next album might not be quite as epic as its two-part predecessor. (Then again, it’s Justin Timberlake, who are we kidding?)
“I wouldn’t say [my new material] is the antithesis of 20/20, but it does sound more singular,” he hinted. “If 20/20 sounded like it literally surrounds your entire head, this stuff feels more like it just punches you between the eyes.”
Although Timberlake has clearly figured out his strengths — with nine Grammys to his name, all earned since going solo in 2004 — Pharrell indicated that the “Mirrors” singer may be more comfortable in his musical skin than he’s ever been. “I would pay Justin a huge compliment to say he’s just discovering who he is now,” he told the outlet, adding that he’s been able to “screenshot his vulnerability” on this latest record.
Williams continued to drop some hints after spending a few weeks of 2016 recording with Timberlake. “Songwise, I think we’ve got a good solid six that are like, ‘Whoa, what was that? Play that again.'” Considering Timberlake has already created classics like “Cry Me a River,” “SexyBack” and “Suit & Tie,” we can only imagine what that means.