Brandon Flowers is heading back into the studio, but it's not to work on the next album from The Killers: the Vegas rock act's frontman is working on another solo record, and he's tapped a great, surprising fit of a producer to make it happen.
Flowers revealed to NME that preparations for the follow-up to 2010's Flamingo are well underway, and that Ariel Rechtshaid, who's produced records by HAIM and Vampire Weekend, has been pushing him creatively in the best way possible.
"People are going to interpret it how they will, but there's only a little bit of Vegas in there," says Flowers, whose Flamingo was inspired in part by the glitz, and neon and shadows of The Killers' hometown.
"[Rechtshaid] is taking me out of my comfort zone. Normally I make demos and they're pretty similar to how the song ends up. but he'll take a song and be like, 'I hear this'. It's incredible – his palette and his range, what he's able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we're hitting it off."
Given the rad pop-rock talents of the folks he's previously worked with, it's no wonder that Rechtshaid could shed light on a killer [sorry, had to] new sound from Flowers! Watch this space for updates on Flowers' forthcoming solo record, but in the meantime, feel free to giggle over this impromptu cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" The Killers perfected (complete with interpretative dance) at the UK's V Festival earlier this month.