The Black Keys with the release of a new single entitled Beautiful People (Stay High)announce the release of their twelfth studio album entitled “Ohio Players” (out April 5th on Nonesuch Records).
Written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys with longtime friends Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Beck, the celebratory and joyous “Beautiful People (Stay High)” is one of several songs on the album that feature the band with other friends and colleagues, including Noel Gallagher, Greg Kurstin and others.
Speaking about the collaborative nature of the album, Carney says:
We had this epiphany: we can call our friends to help us make music.’ It’s funny because we both write songs with other people – Dan all the time (as a solo artist and producer), me when I produce a record. It’s what we do.”
No matter who we work with, we never feel like we’re sacrificing who we are. It’s like a special touch is added. We just broadened the palette with the people we wanted to work with. We were there to support them and their ideas, doing everything we could to ensure that moment gave us the best possible result. But when it came time to finish the album, it was just me and Pat. We’ve never worked so hard on a record,” he continues. “We’ve never taken this long to make an album. We took our time and did it well.”
“What we wanted to do with this album was create something fun,” Carney says. “And something that most bands with a twenty-year career behind them don’t do, which is an accessible, fun and even cool record.”
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