March 24, 2015


The Killers' Brandon Flowers Goes '80s on New Solo Single

Last summer, Brandon Flowers detailed how Vampire Weekend/Haim producer Ariel Rechtshaid was "taking [him] out of [his] comfort zone" for his sophomore solo record. We now get to hear the first taste of the boundary pushing via the Killers singer's new single.

With a huge '80s overtone, "Can't Deny My Love" opens with booming drum machines and ominous synths (think Toto's "Africa") while a disco-flavor bassline is subtly, awesomely blended into the mix. The thunderous chorus feels like it could have been plucked from any synth-rock radio act, with its choir and wonky guitars. It's a throwback for sure, but it sounds fresh among recent nostalgia singles like Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You" and Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta."

"Can't Deny My Love" is the first taste of Flowers' upcoming The Desired Effect album. The record drops May 18 and boasts collaborations with Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Haim singer Danielle Haim and an '80s-tastic cameo from Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys.

Flowers gave the song its first live performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a dramatic, reverb-heavy performance where he played with the color resolutions viewers saw on their TV screens.