Recorded in “increments” in both Brandon Flowers’ own Battle Born Studios and in Los Angeles, The Killers frontman’s new solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ was pieced together over the past year, whenever he could make his way into producer Ariel Rechtshaid’s diary. “He’s sort of an in-demand guy right now,” Flowers chuckles in the new issue of DIY, “so it was all about when I could get Ariel to Las Vegas, or when I could get to LA.”
“I definitely wanted to do something different,” he says with certainty. “When I sought out Ariel as a producer, I knew that I was going into unchartered territory for me. What you wanna do with any album is stay true to yourself and that was really the goal, but you’re putting it through a different person’s perspective any time you let anyone else work with you, or collaborate with you, so it’s going to go through different shapes and sizes.”
The record still, however, possesses his stamp of grandiose. Whether in the Springsteen-inspired twang of ‘Lonely Town’ or the foot-stomping 80s beat of ‘I Can Change’, ‘The Desired Effect’ sees Flowers turn just about everything up to eleven. “Because he’s such a capable producer, that gave me a lot of freedom,” he reflects, again referencing his partner-in-crime. “I was able to do whatever I could dream of; it seemed like it was possible with him.”
Brandon Flowers plays the following UK dates:
21 London, Brixton Academy
24 Manchester, Academy
25 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
26 Leeds, O2 Academy
28 Birmingham, O2 Academy
Read the full interview in the May issue of DIY, out Friday 24th May. Brandon Flowers’ new album ‘The Desired Effect’ will be released on 18th May via Vertigo.
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