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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ upcoming fourth album Mosquito will be buzzing into stores April 16.
The punk-rock trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back and taking more risks than ever in their fourth album, Mosquito. According to MTV, Dave Sitek and Nick Launay have co-produced the disc, which will be released April 16. It also features collaborations with electronic musician James Murphy and Dr. Octagon, the alter-ego of rapper Keith Matthew Thornton. Launay and Sitek both produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ 2009 album, It’s Blitz! as well.
Animator and filmmaker Beomsik Shimbe Shim created the cover design, an enormous mosquito dragging a shrieking neon-colored baby. Vocalist and pianist Karen O. said in a press release that the album’s music will match the “out-there” art.
"We took a more playful, lo-fi approach to songwriting. Much of the music was demoed in our little basement studio in Manhattan with drum machines, a sh---y sample keyboard and tons of delay," Karen O. said. "I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you've ever heard from us. You might catch some roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences in there."
"This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record," she continued. "Which doesn't mean easy listening. It means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy ... very us."
The LA Times reports their first show since 2009 at Pomona’s Glass House was an explosive success with abundant moshing and crowd surfing. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also perform at Coachella later this year.
A teaser the band uploaded to YouTube can be seen below. The album is available for pre-order on their official site. The “fan deluxe” version includes a vinyl album and autographed lithograph.