2000s-era indie rock lovers rejoice: Phoenix has launched a brand new tune, “Tonight,” that includes vocals from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. The monitor will seem on Phoenix’s new album, Alpha Zulu, which can be launched Nov. 4 on Loyaute/Glassnote Data.
Within the Oscar Boyson-directed video, Phoenix’s members go about their every day enterprise in Paris whereas Koenig does the identical by way of split-screen from Tokyo. The monitor is a primary for Phoenix in that the long-running French group has by no means featured one other vocalist on certainly one of its songs till now.
Alpha Zulu was produced by Phoenix and recorded in Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs contained in the Palais du Louvre. “We felt it might be a incredible journey to create one thing out of nothing in a museum,” guitarist/keyboardist Laurent Brancowitz says. “And so with the pandemic, we might reside precisely this scene — to be alone in an empty museum.”
“I used to be a bit afraid, when there was an excessive amount of magnificence round us, that to create one thing could possibly be a bit exhausting,” provides guitarist Christian Mazzalai. “Nevertheless it was the alternative: we couldn’t cease producing music. In these first 10 days, we wrote virtually all the album.”
Alpha Zulu is infused with the spirit of longtime collaborator Philippe Zdar, who handed away in 2019 after falling from a Paris constructing. “We had many moments the place we might really feel his concepts,” Mazzalai says of Zdar. The album opens with its title monitor, which was launched as a single firstly of the summer season and shortly turned a reside favourite. It closes with “An identical,” which beforehand appeared within the 2020 movie On the Rocks, directed by Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars’ spouse Sofia Coppola.
The one album monitor not recorded on the Paris studio was “Winter Solstice,” impressed by Mars’ experiences of residing within the bitterly divided United States and that includes his stream-of-conscious ruminations atop what was at first an extended loop and not using a refrain: “Flip the lights on / Discover me a story / One thing constructive / This requiem performed a number of instances earlier than.”
Phoenix begins a North American tour tonight (Sept. 7) in Chicago. A European leg begins Nov. 16 in London and wraps with sold-out hometown exhibits in Paris on Nov. 28-29.
Right here is the monitor record for Alpha Zulu:
“Tonight” that includes Ezra Koenig
“The Solely One”
“All Eyes on Me”