U2 is at it again, this time with the help of Danger Mouse and, possibly, Coldplay.
Last Friday, all four members of the band were seen at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, according to fan site @U2. They briefly paired up with Lady Gaga producer RedOne, but decided on Danger Mouse, who is currently mixing the untitled forthcoming LP.
“We’re working with Danger Mouse, who’s a smart guy. He’s on it; he’s excited. It’s a great team and feels very liberating at the moment – anything goes,” said bassist Adam Clayton. “We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily. We’re really trying to get into territory that we’re not comfortable in. If that makes sense.”
“It sounded amazing. Very, very big and powerful-sounding. Some of it was adventurous. There were shades of Achtung Baby,” producer Daniel Lanois told the Globe and Mail regarding the record.
Originally, the band planned to record a follow-up set of songs to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, but decided to start fresh. 10 Reasons to Exist and Songs of Ascent have both been thrown around as possible titles.
frontman Chris Martin was also spotted at the studio last week, but it’s unconfirmed whether he will make an appearance on the album.
Sources revealed to Billboard that the band plans to release the album in December, although nothing has been finalized.