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The Black Keys’ New Album Features Sampling, Band’s Longest Song

"Turn Blue" is out May 13 on Nonesuch
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By Kevin Rutherford

Are you a Black Keys fan that wishes the Akron rock duo would experiment a bit more with their upcoming releases? How does a little sampling here and there sound?

In an interview with NME, the band confirmed that one of their new songs on forthcoming LP Turn Blue actually includes an entire sample as part of its makeup, something they’ve never done before.

According to drummer Patrick Carney, the song “Year in Review” includes a sample of Nico Fidenco, an Italian singer and movie soundtrack composer best known for his work on spaghetti westerns.

Related: Listen to the Black Keys’ New Song ‘Fever’

Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach added that Turn Blue includes the band’s longest song to date. “Weight of Love,” which opens the record, clocks in at nearly seven minutes. The band previously hit nearly six minutes on “Goodbye Babylon” from 2006’s Magic Potion, plus six minutes, 45 seconds on 2006 cover album Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough with “My Mind is Ramblin.'”

In addition, Auerbach mentioned that he’s “never done a guitar solo like that” on “Weight of Love,” which could get the band’s fans hoping for a head-banging good time after first single “Fever”‘s relative tameness chomping at the bit.

Speaking of “Fever”: the tune debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart last week, meaning a fourth No. 1 on that chart could be in the band’s future.

Turn Blue is expected May 13 on Nonesuch. Auerbach, Carney and Danger Mouse produced the album, the band’s eighth.

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