The Posies‘ frontman Ken Stringfellow has revealed that REM are recording an “old school”-style album.
The singer/guitarist – who in the past has toured and worked with the Georgia band – recently met up with bassist Mike Mills in his current home city of Paris, where he heard the rough recordings of the proposed follow-up to 2008’s ‘Accelerate’.
“It’s sounding really great, very old school,” Stringfellow told Uncut‘s sister-title [url=http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/52296]NME[/url]. “The first track had vocals which were mixed super low which I couldn’t understand and I was like, ‘Yes, a return to form.’ Mike was on about pushing the vocals up and I was like, ‘No, don’t do it.'”
He added: “What’s cool about classic REM is that you have an electric and acoustic guitar coming along like The Byrds,” Stringfellow said. “There’s a lot of that in there, there’s some piano songs too, but I didn’t hear a lot of crazy, freaky keyboards and vintage drum machines in there like the period when I was with them.”
The album is expected to be released next year.
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