U2 have finished recording their new album, the follow-up to 2009’s No Line On The Horizon, and are currently mixing in New York City with producer Danger Mouse, according to reports, after three members of the band were spotted in NYC, most notably Bono outside Electric Lady Studios.
@U2 are saying that recording of the new album is done and dusted, with a playback happening last week. Tweets from Island Records head Chris Blackwell seem to confirm this, with the honcho saying “Listened to some new music at Electric Lady Land studios earlier with U2 and Danger Mouse #betterthanever”. Blackwell has since deleted the tweet.
Globe journo Brad Wheeler added fuel to the fire, sharing quotes from former Daniel Lanois, who produced The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby amongst other U2 records. Lanois seems to have sat out of production duties this time around but has heard the new material, with Wheeler tweeting “Lanois tells me Bono dropped by his house in LA and that the new U2 album sounds ‘amazing’ and ‘big’, with some Achtung Baby adventurism”.
Sounds pretty promising, considering Bono confirmed that band were working on lucky album number 13 back in January, but the frontman also warned us not to hold our breath, stating that the band didn’t care if it took 10 years to get the album right.
Lanois tells me Bono dropped by his house in LA, and that the new U2 album sounds “amazing” and “big,” with some Achtung Baby adventurism.
— Brad Wheeler (@BWheelerglobe) May 30, 2013