35 years after topping the Billboard Hot 100 this week with “A View To A Kill,” Duran Duran remains hard at work on its first new album in five years. The still-untitled set is being co-produced by DJ Erol Alkan and Blur guitarist Graham Cozon, and will serve as the followup to 2015's critically acclaimed Paper Gods.
Frontman Simon LeBon spoke to Classic Pop and described the new set, explaining, “It's quite naked, raw, the grass is slightly sharp and twinkly rather than smooth. It's groovy (and) modern and very honest, the lyrics are quite something.”
The band has weathered the ongoing pandemic, with bassist John Taylor successfully battling the coronavirus, and saw the band's headlining slot at this year's Isle of Wight Festival scrapped due to safety precautions. LeBon spoke frankly about how the band is viewing the situation: “There are certain aspects of life that are out of our control now in all sorts of different ways. This is an international tragedy that's unfolding and everyone has to do the upmost to minimalize the effect of it. We take it very seriously.”