Will we ever see the second Klaxons album?

The psychedelic pop mavericks have announced that the follow up to their Mercury prize-winning debut won't be released until at least 2010

Is the second Klaxons album shaping up to be the new Second Coming? Or worse, could it end up being the new-rave Chinese Democracy? It's certainly looking possible as the band have announced a further delay to the release of their second album. It seems the follow up to their Mercury award-winning debut album Myths of the Near Future, which was released in 2007, now won't be released until at least 2010.

This is merely the latest twist in the Klaxons saga. Back in 2007, things looked rosey for the band. They'd just scooped the Mercury prize, promised their fans they wouldn't be affected by the "Mercury curse" and told this journalist that their second album would consist of "psychedelic, industrial space-prog".

The album, we were promised, would be released in early 2009. However, when 2009 came all we received was a scattering of new songs called things like Valley of the Calm Trees and In Silver Forest. Perhaps sensing that "psychedelic industrial space-prog" wasn't the hit-making recipe to combat the current recession, Klaxons label Polydor rejected the album, instructing them to, like, write some proper pop songs.

At the time, frontman Jamie Reynolds told NME.com: "We've made a really heavy record and it isn't the right thing for us, I understand and know that. First and foremost we're a pop band … we've got another four weeks. At the end of those four weeks everything should be dealt with."

It seems these four weeks passed by without the album reaching completion. The latest news includes tales of them recording in a solar-powered studio and searching frantically for a new producer. "We've now got 28 songs and we're just about to put it together as a complete record," Reynolds told BBC 6Music. "We're looking for a producer and if anyone out there makes records, give us a bell."

So if you fancy a bash at producing the next Klaxons record, get in touch. No rush, mind.


Tim Jonze

The GuardianTramp

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