Dan Auerbach, one half of The Black Keys, and his other band The Arcs are close to wrapping up their second studio album in record timing, having already dropped their first LP earlier in the year.
Auerbach took some time away from the success of The Black Keys to place his focus on The Arcs and their first studio album, September 2015's Yours, Dreamily. The guitarist/vocalist recently detailed that the Arcs are "almost done with another record. It's really close," to Billboard.
"The Arcs have a particular sound, or we're trying to. It's starting to, I guess, solidify a little bit, especially the more we play live together," he continued. "I'm just hearing a new consistency, but it's still pulling from various types of places; it's what our record collections sound like, pretty much, so it's all over the place. There's loud songs, fast songs but it's still dreamy and it still sounds like the Arcs. I don't really know how to describe it."
The group brings about an interesting collaboration between Auerbach, Black Keys touring bassist Richard Swift, Amy Winehouse collaborator Nick Movshon, Truth & Soul Records founder Leon Michels, Menahan Street Band member Homer Steinweiss, guitarist Kenny Vaughan as well as the all-female members of the mariachi band, Flor de Toloache.
As of late, Auerbach lent his musical and producing talents to Cage the Elephant for their fifth studio album, Tell Me I'm Pretty, after having assisted Ray LaMontagne's Supernova and Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence.
"A lot of the songs on the record were (recorded in) one take," Cage the Elephant's Matt Shultz explains in the album trailer. "That was the one of the great things about working Dan, as a producer he's really good at keeping you from overthinking things," he added.
The Arcs recently revealed their chilling Record Store Day exclusive track "Young," The fresh track will be available on the group's limited-edition, 6 song EP titled The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. 1.