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Phoenix revealed their first album in five years.

Alpha Zulu, the follow-up to 2017’s Ti Amo, will be released on November 4th by Loyaute/Glassnote. Produced by Phoenix himself, it was recorded at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Palais du Louvre in Paris.

Right now, the band released Alpha Zulu’s most recent single “Tonight” – featuring a duet with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

Moreover, Phoenix released a visual for the song directed by Oscar Boyson.

“Tonight” is the first Phoenix song to feature a guest vocalist. The music video was shot in the studios of Tokyo and Paris, partially inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs studio. 

“We felt it would be a fantastic adventure to create something out of nothing in a museum,” band member Laurent “Branco” Brancowitz told the press regarding the space. “And so with the pandemic, we could live exactly this scene to be alone in an empty museum.” 

Christian Mazzalai added: “I was a bit afraid when there was too much beauty around us that creating something could be a bit hard.

“But it was the opposite: we couldn’t stop producing music. In these first ten days, we wrote almost all of the album.” 

Deck D’Arcy even stressed that “the backstage of the museum is like a mashup. It’s very pop in a way – like how we make music.” 

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Phoenix Cherishes a Dear Friend’s Memory

Earlier this year, Phoenix has already released the title track of Alpha Zulu. In addition, they dropped the single “Identical,” which was heard in Sofia Coppola’s latest film, On the Rocks, in 2020. (Coppola and Phoenix’s Thomas Mars are married.) 

Meanwhile, in 2019, the band dropped a book, Phoenix: Liberté, Égalité, Phoenix!

Alpha Zulu was mainly based on the band’s late friend and collaborator Philippe Zdar, who died in 2019. 

“We lost more than ever, almost,” Christian stated of Zdar. “We had many moments where we could feel his ideas. Jeté, that’s a word he would say when you’re throwing something very fast.”

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