On October 28, the music video for American rock band Spoon’s newest single, “The Hardest Cut,” premiered on YouTube. The single was released alongside an announcement detailing the upcoming release of the band’s newest album to be released in 2022 via Matador Records, named Lucifer on the Sofa. The album was co-produced by Spoon and Mark Rankin (Adele, Queens of the Stone Age) and features contributions from Dave Fridmann and Justin Raisen.
“The Hardest Cut” was the first song written by lead vocalist Britt Daniel for the album, and is a heavy rock n’ roll song notably grittier than previous Spoon songs. The band’s musical style has usually been described as a combination of rock, pop, art rock, and post-punk revival. As such, the track is heavy on guitar riffs and scorching drum beats, and was accompanied by the release of a music video featuring members of the band hosting a bizarre house party in a series of dream-like sequences.
When Lucifer on the Sofa drops, Spoon would have released 10 albums since their debut in 1998. Already with the small taste of the album as given to fans through “The Hardest Cut,” it seems the band is delving into more experimental territory with some metal-like elements, although it’s still too early to say for sure. “I spent a lot of 2018 and 2019 listening to ZZ Top,” Daniel explains. The vocalist co-wrote the song alongside keyboardist Alex Fischel, who joined the band in 2013.
Lucifer on the Sofa was originally planned to have dropped in 2021, but with the pandemic pushing back deadlines and scheduling, the band has confirmed a release date on February 22 next year, barring all other mishaps.
In the meantime, listen to “The Hardest Cut” here and watch the music video here.