Beyond a few headlining dates on the festival circuit, it doesn't seem as though The Killers have been up to much lately, but that doesn't mean the band's frontman Brandon Flowers isn't buzzing with plenty of activity. Today (Feb. 24), Flowers announced that he will be releasing his second solo album The Desired Effect this spring.

In a handwritten note on his official website, Flowers announced that he and producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, HAIM, Charli XCX) have been in the recording studio together and have now reached "The Desired Effect." The note also unveiled the official album release date: May 18.

"May 18th, 2015, we will finally achieve The Desired Effect. Ariel and I have been collaborating in the studio, working twogether in the spirit of conversation, contention, and at long last, sweet contrition. No one has yet seen or heard the change. But soon, we all will."


In addition to the album announcement note, Flowers also released a 30-second The Desired Effect album teaser video, entitled "Keys."

The video features a flurry of synth and piano effects, while Flowers' hand mimics playing the chords on a table.

The music in the teaser is classic The Killers/Brandon Flowers, with a heavy '80s influence and a hint of the dramatics. Presumably, the music is the introduction to one of the singles from The Desired Effect.

The Desired Effect, due out May 18, will be Flowers' second solo effort. It follows the release of his 2010 solo album Flamingo.

[h/t Stereogum]