Yeah Yeah Yeahs have just announced that their fourth studio album Mosquito will be a return to the lo-fi, art rock sound of their early years. I went bananas for that amazing self-titled EP they did in 2001, and Fever to Tell* was a killer follow-up. But the band is now ten years old, accomplished music-industry professionals and the album will be including a tracks performed with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Dr. Octagon (aka Kool Keith)... I am a little skeptical how "lo-fi" the record will end up being, but regardless I am excited to hear the what they have in store.
Subject matter for the new songs are sounding like they are aiming again for funny and tongue-in-cheek; frontwoman Karen O told Pitchfork that "the title track, 'Mosquito,' is literally about mosquitos. I'm surprised that there aren't more songs about them out there. I have a pretty passionate hatred of them."
Mosquito comes out on Interscope Records April 16th. Oh, and don't forget to get an eyeful of the new album's artwork, designed by filmmaker/animator Beomsik Shimbe Shim:
- Cover design by Beomsik Shimbe Shim
*But seriously, if I never had to hear Fever to Tell's sappy, overplayed hit "Maps" again it would be too soon.