Chrissie Hynde is back in the recording studio — and she’s keeping some interesting company.
Hynde updated fans on her latest project via Facebook, explaining that between reading sessions with Martin Amis’ novel The Zone of Interest, she’s been “deep in studio mode,” working with Black Keys co-founder Dan Auerbach “and his team of Nashville kats.” Aside from a closing line promising “more music coming atcha,” Hynde withheld further details, but she’s long been a public admirer of Auerbach’s work, so this collaboration was probably just a matter of time.
“They’ve influenced me a lot lately,” said Hynde when asked about the Black Keys — who, like Hynde, come from Akron — in a 2014 interview. “The thing I really love about them is, they’re all about riffs! Dan [Auerbach]’s getting better all the time. They have all the things that I like to hear in music. If you can hear it in a fairground when you’re on a carousel while you’re having cotton candy, you’re hearing the right thing in the right place.”
Whether that means we’ll be hearing a calliope on Hynde’s next record remains to be seen, but she’s definitely been making an effort to expand her creative circle in recent years; her solo debut, 2014’s Stockholm, found her working alongside Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John and incorporating cameos from Neil Young and John McEnroe.
Hynde hasn’t mentioned a timeframe for the new LP, although given that she remains in the midst of a press tour for her recently published memoir, it seems likely that a release date is still fairly far off.