Suede announce new album with a teaser trailer

‘The Blue Hour’ is the third in a triptych of albums, and will drop in September.

Suede have just announced The Blue Hour, the band’s eighth studio album and the third of a triptych, coming after 2013’s Bloodsports and 2016’s Night Thoughts. But sorry, all you OG fans: Bernard Butler’s still nowhere to be found.

Produced by Alan Moulder, The Blue Hour was written as a continuous piece, with all its 14 tracks threaded by a common theme. “’The Blue Hour’ is the time of day when the light is fading and night is closing in,” the band explained. “The songs hint at a narrative but never quite reveal it and never quite explain [it]. But as with any Suede album, it’s always about the songwriting. The band, the passion and the noise.”

Frontman Brett Anderson shared more in an interview with NME: “This is a very complicated record, much more so than the last two—and more diverse. It’s quite a journey. There are a lot of elements that we haven’t used before, like a choir and more spoken word and dialog. There are a lot of field recordings on it, too, to thread the ideas together.”

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The announcement comes on the heels of Anderson’s memoir, Coal Black Mornings, which charts Suede’s formative years. Earlier this year, the band also released a box set that commemorates the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut.

Watch the teaser trailer for The Blue Hour, which will drop on September 21, here:

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