The Black Keys Turn Blue

The Black Keys are trying on another color for size. Their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, releases Tuesday, May 13.

It has been more than two years since their last album El Camino was released and the duo hailing from Akron, Ohio and consisting of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are ready to be back on the music scene doing what they love.

The band recorded the 11-track album Turn Blue in Los Angeles at Sunset Studios, the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan and Easy Eye Studio, Auerbach’s Nashville studio, working for the third time with producer Danger Mouse.

The album singles, “Fever” and “Turn Blue” have already been released.

“Fever,” a pop-sounding and catchy hit featuring a beat from a Vintage Farfisa Organ premiered on Monday, March 24.

“Turn Blue” premiered on drummer Patrick Carney’s SiriusXM show Serious Boredom on Monday,  April 14.

It has been called a “slow-burning slice of psychedelia” by Rolling Stone Magainze.

The opening track, “Weight Of Love” is the band’s longest recorded track to date, clocking in around seven minutes. The track also features multiple heavy guitar solos by Auerbach.

“Every record that we do, we try something we’ve never done,” Auerbach said in a March interview on BBC Radio with DJ Zane Lowe. “It’s the longest song we’ve ever had. I’ve never done such a ridiculous guitar solo.”

Auerbach sings falsetto during several songs on the album as well.

The band will be touring in Europe this summer and playing several festivals including Glastonbury for the second time, and on the Main Pyramid Stage for the first time.

“We’re going to change the set-list up a lot, add some older songs, and obviously the new stuff,” Carney revealed to Lowe.

U.S. fans should be on the lookout for the release of North American tour dates.

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