Spoon Discuss Hiatus, New ‘They Want My Soul’ Album

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.05.14 in News

Well it’s official: the new Spoon album is called They Want My Soul, and it’s due out August 5 through Loma Vista, not their longtime home Merge. And that R.I.P. campaign that kicked off last month? Well, it has something to do with this care package — most likely a marketing move for a single and/or music video — which has already popped up on Instagram:


If you’re looking for details beyond the record’s title and release date, frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered this week to share a few song clips and discuss everything from why they went on hiatus over the last few years (they needed a break after releasing five records between 2001 and 2010) to what happened as they wrapped the record in Fredonia, NY, with producer/honorary Flaming Lip Dave Fridmann.

“It’s intense up there,” Daniel explained, “especially when we’re doing it in the thick of winter. And it was, what, 8 degrees below for a few days in a row there … so much snow that you couldn’t really get out.”

And if you’re wondering whether this may be their last hurrah, Daniel said he could see himself doing this for another decade or two: “As soon as I started being able to work the record player in my living room … I would just stare at those gatefold record sleeves. And that’s what I wanted to do. But I never counted on it. It’s great to be able to do it, though. I don’t know what else I want to do.”