To be perfectly honest, we’ve missed The Killers and their upbeat, ‘80s-inspired arena pop rock jams. And while the band is still together — they have a few festival appearances scheduled later this year — they haven’t released a full album of new music since 2012’s Battle Born.
Thankfully, frontman Brandon Flowers has been busy making music on his own. The Las Vegas native has announced his sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect, slated for release May 18. The LP marks his follow-up to 2010’s Flamingo.
Flowers revealed last year that he’d been collaborating in the studio with producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who’s worked with Haim, Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX, Vampire Weekend, and Madonna.
“He’s taking me out of my comfort zone,” Flowers said in an interview with NME last year about working with Rechtshaid. “Normally I make demos and they’re pretty similar to how the song ends up, but he’ll take a song and be like, ‘I hear this’. It’s incredible – his palette and his range, what he’s able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we’re hitting it off.”
Flowers announced the new album by posting a handwritten note to his official site and on Instagram, which reads: “May 18, 2015, we will finally achieve The Desired Effect. Ariel and I have been collaborating in the studio, working twogether in the spirit of conversation, contention, and at long last, sweet contrition. No one has yet seen or heard the change. But soon, we all will.”
Along with the note, Flowers also released a black-and-white teaser clip on YouTube, which shows a hand miming along to piano chords on a flat surface as an arrangement of keys and synths play in the background.