Brandon Flowers Taps Jenny Lewis for Solo Debut

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Brandon Flowers / Jenny Lewis
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William Goodman

Brandon Flowers has finally spoken about the mysterious Flamingo, his debut solo album.

The Killers frontman -- who unveiled the project in April via a website that post that offered only the album title and the promise that it was "coming soon" -- gave his first interview about the fall release, dishing on his decision to go solo and revealing one of his collaborators: Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis.

"Jenny's helped me out on a couple of songs, and we also got to duet on a song called 'Hard Enough,' which turned out great," Flowers told NME [via ONTD]."She's always popped into my mind whenever I think about getting a female vocalist involved because she's a fellow child of Las Vegas, too. A lot of people don't realize that, but she was actually born there, in the same hospital as [Killers drummer] Ronnie Vannucci Jr, only a few weeks apart!"

Flowers also recruited three top notch producers for Flamingo: Daniel Lanois (U2, Brian Eno, Neil Young), Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Kylie Minogue), and Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), who produced three songs.

The 28-year-old singer -- who confirmed another new song title, "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" -- added that many of Flamingo's tracks were originally intended for a Killers album. But while the quartet takes a break, Flowers wasn't ready to slow down.

"To be honest, I personally would prefer it if this was a Killers record," he said. "I certainly never sat around dreaming of going out on my own, but singing songs and writing songs, it's kind of what I do, you know? And I just don't want to stop right now."

But the Killers certainly aren't done for good. In fact, Flowers sees Flamingo "as something that will only make the Killers stronger." "I feel like I'm getting something out of my system with this album, but I want the next Killers album to be a wonderful collaboration between four guys who are ready to make the best record that they possibly can."

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