The Zutons Return with First Album in 16 Years

by Patria

After a 16-year hiatus, The Zutons are set to return with their first new album.

The ‘Valerie’ hitmakers will reunite with original producer Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds to release ‘The Big Decider’, produced by studio wizard Nile Rodgers, on April 26.

Since 2008’s ‘You Can Do Anything’, it will be the group’s first studio effort.

Frontman Dave McCabe, 42, said of working with the 71-year-old Chic legend: “Working with Nile was just an amazing experience, he gave me a confidence that I’ve never felt before making a record. He’s very relaxed as a person and a good listener. On the song ‘Disappear’ I wrote a spoken word piece about The Zutons traveling through the stars and galaxies asking the most powerful question in the universe, ‘Why? I asked Nile if he would read it at the end of the song and thought he’d just say no. But he jumped into the vocal booth with the chain around his neck and sunglasses on and did about 20 different takes, all in different styles of himself. It was amazing! It was like he was really traveling the universe in a spaceship and just making music in his spare time. He’s just one of the coolest people I’ve ever met.

And on working with Ian, 65, he added: “It was great to reconnect with Ian Broudie on this record. He told me that he said yes to working with us again because the demo of Big Decider brought tears to his eyes. It was one of the first songs we wrote for the album, so getting that reaction from Ian made me feel like we were doing something right. The song spoke for itself.

Making the album was the first time the trio felt a “real sense of a shared vision.

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