Expect a sparse new sound they say...
Daniel Melia

12:19 20th September 2007

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Keane have revealed that they are currently working on material for their third studio album with a hip hop influence in mind.

Writing on the bands official website Richard Hughes said that the trio are to begin work on the record after several weeks off.

He said: "We've said in the past that we don't want to just churn out records that are the same.

"We've got some time in our barn, the HQ, which we're going to spend working on stuff in advance. We're mainly trying to work out if the songs are right, because I think Tim and Tom want to know.

“We've been having a few weeks of not doing anything, just a bit of a holiday, a bit of a chance to take a breather.”

Speaking about the influences behind the record he added: "We're going to try and do something different with the next one.

“There's a lot of interesting stuff coming out of America that's... I mean, I've been listening to people like Dr. Dre for a long time, I think '2001's a ridiculously amazing record and its probably the most played thing on my iPod.

“I love the sparseness of that, and the last record was really dense, it was full of stuff.  So maybe we'll try something that's as empty as possible. There's certainly elements of that that you could experiment with.

He continued: “You could try and be more minimal in your approach with instruments and try to get a bit more funk in there.

“We'll see! Or it might just be a rock album - you know, I don't know. But yeah, we're going to try and do something different."

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