Duran Duran are back with a 14th studio album set to be released this fall. Recorded in London with producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair and Ben “Mr” Hudson and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent, fans can get a glimpse into Paper Gods later this week via first single “Pressure Off”.
Their first release since 2011’s All You Need is Now, the “Girls on Film” boys took their time with this latest effort and promise something of a darker sound with the lead single in particular reminiscent of the “Notorious” days. A number of guest musicians lend their talent, including former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Canadian singer Kiesza and Janelle Monae, who features on “Pressure Off”. A somewhat more surprising collaboration is that with actress Lindsay Lohan, who also guests on the album.
Ever ones to embrace their history rather than run from it, Duran Duran’s cover artwork for Paper Gods will be of particular interest to longtime fans. Created by artist Alex Israel, it’s a scrapbook page of sorts, with sticker-like images from the band’s past releases laid out against Israel’s “Sky Backdrop” painting.
As for live shows, news of the album was paired with tour announcements for both the UK and US. However, it would appear that Canadian fans are out of luck, at least for now, as no dates north of the border are listed.
For a full list of tour dates or to preorder Paper Gods and check out first single “Pressure Off”, stay tuned to DuranDuran.com this week.