While his bandmates keep busy hanging out with members of Duran Duran and forming side projects with ominous-sounding names, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has been prepping his solo debut, a glossy thing he’s calling Flamingo .
And now, whether he’s ready or not, fans can get their first listen to the fruits of Flowers’ solo labors: A song called “Crossfire” hit the ’Net this weekend.
The song, a slow-burning, wide-screen epic on par with the Killers’ Sam’s Town era, features spiraling, Edge-ian guitars, trilling strings and a massive chorus, with Flowers keening “Lay your body down/ next to mine!” in a lithe falsetto. Elsewhere, he croons about the devil’s fiery arrows and a clandestine lover who keeps her secrets on her pillow.
“Crossfire” is reportedly produced by Stuart Price, who helmed the Killers’ 2008 album Day & Age . Price is one of three big-name knob-twiddlers Flowers is working with on Flamingo. In May, he told the British mag NME that he had also recruited Daniel Lanois and Brendan O’Brien to produce, and that Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis would also appear on the disc.
There’s currently no release date for Flamingo, but a spokesperson for Flowers did tell MTV News that “Crossfire” is the official first single from the album, something backed up by Flowers’ official site, which plays an instrumental version of “Crossfire” and features the title of the song is written in flaming letters at the bottom of the page.
A spokesperson for Flowers had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment by press time.