Black Keys’ recent single “Fever” raised the prospect the band is dedicating itself to a much more subdued, groove-heavy sound. Latest release “Turn Blue,” which premiered on drummer Patrick Carney’s SiriusXM show “Serious Boredom,” all but confirms it. From the upcoming album of the same name, the track features a repetitive guitar riff, swirling fuzzed-out organs, a funky bass line, and Dan Auerbach’s reverb-soaked falsetto delivering lines like “I really don’t think you know / There could be hell below.” The lounge-y jazz feeling echoes the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm,” so we’ll see if this new direction means Turn Blue will become the Keys’ answer to L.A. Woman. (Auerbach also worked with “West Coast” singer Lana Del Rey on her forthcoming Ultraviolence — coincidence?) The Ohio duo’s Danger Mouse-produced new album is due out May 13 via Nonesuch.
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