The Black Keys are back and have shared a new song titled "Lo/Hi." Stream it above on YouTube. This is the first new music from the duo-turned-group since their Turn Blue album was released in 2014.
Recorded at frontman Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, the track sways with an edgy blues-rock vibe. Distorted guitars and a steady beat drive the song while backing harmonies add depth to the vocals. The layered guitars show the band's sound evolving from the signature single-guitar assault of their formative years.
Over the past few years since the Turn Blue world tour wound down, Auerbach has kept busy with a side project called The Arcs that released an LP in 2015 and released a solo LP called Waiting on a Song in 2017 (in addition to being involved in many other recordings as a producer and musician) and drummer Patrick Carney has worked on projects like the BoJack Horseman theme song. Also worth noting, frequent collaborator Richard Swift — who played bass for The Black Keys on tour from 2014-2015 and was part of The Arcs — passed away last year. Perhaps that loss inspired some of the darker lyrics on this song.
At this time, there is no word if the track will appear on an upcoming album, but rumors are swirling about that as well as the possibility they may headline the Woodstock 50th Anniversary festival planned for this summer.
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