Suede exclusive: “Our next album won’t have any pop moments at all”

Brett Anderson reveals the band are likely to go “further leftfield”

Suede plan to make an experimental album next
Heart music Suede intend to make a leftfield album next.

Suede have revealed to Loaded that they are planning an experimental album to follow the recent Night Thoughts.

Night Thoughts was critically acclaimed as Suede’s most serious release to date. But singer Brett Anderson has revealed that they intend to go “further leftfield” when they next make a record.

Anderson told Loaded: “People respect the fact that we did something more extreme on Night Thoughts, and we can go further down that path. We can go further leftfield, hopefully.”

The singer, whose band released new single What I’m Trying To Tell You this week, added that Suede wanted to release an album with no compromises.

He said: “I want us to make an even more challenging record than Night Thoughts, to make it less of a compromise. On Night Thoughts, we still have pop moments. I don’t think the next record will have any pop moments.”

But the 48-year-old insisted the album would still have recognisable songs rather than end up a freeform jazz odyssey.

“We’ll try to make something that’s all mood and atmosphere – but within the context of us being songwriters. That’s what you have to remember: we’re not sound designers or ambient musicians. We need chords and melody and to work within that framework.

“With every album, we’ve been under pressure to write a pop song”

“Throughout our career, we’ve always done interesting atmospheric slow songs, and maybe the next one will go even further.

“With every album we’ve made, there’s always been pressure to write a pop song, people in management and the record label saying they want something for radio. You tend to find yourself thinking ‘Right, I’d better write an up song.’

“So we’d chuck in a pop song on the next album if one popped out, but we want to listen to our hearts a little more and see what comes out.”

Anderson compared the process to trying to make a record similar in spirit to Talk Talk’s classic album Spirit Of Eden.

“There’s very much a sweet spot when you experiment,” he admitted. “If you look at how Talk Talk developed over their career, Spirit Of Eden is obviously the sweet spot. Their next record Laughing Stock went too far. It’s still beautiful, but it’s a little too abstract to resonate in the same way as Spirit Of Eden does. It’s important to maintain the songwriting.”

Suede have recently confirmed appearances at Stanton Calling, Rockaway Beach and Forgotten Fields festivals this summer.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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