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“Winter Solstice” is Phoenix’s only song that they didn’t craft together in the studio. Instead, they wrote it remotely, building from a long loop that Lauren Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai, and Deck D’Arcy sent to frontman Thomas Mars, who then recorded a stream of consciousness.
Alpha Zulu—the band’s first album in five years—lands November 4 (via Loyauté/Glassnote). Phoenix’s previous full-length was 2017’s Ti Amo. They tracked the new self-produced record at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which is located in the Palais du Louvre. Last month, Phoenix shared the single “Tonight,” which is a duet with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. Prior to that, they dropped the LP’s title track.
In Phoenix, dropped “Identical,” which appeared in Sofia Coppola’s recent movie On the Rocks. (Coppola and Mars are married.) In 2019, the band released a book, titled Phoenix: Liberté, Égalité, Phoenix!
Revisit Pitchfork’s 2017 Family Matters interview “Jason Schwartzman and Phoenix’s Thomas Mars Are Big Fans of Each Other—and Not Just Because They’re Cousins.”