It’s been an epoch since Bloc Party last released new music, relatively speaking. But rumors of an indefinite hiatus seem to have been premature: Today, frontman Kele Okereke announced the existence of Four, the band’s first album since 2008’s Intimacy, on his blog. “in the past there has been so much written about what our records have meant, so much context and back story but i am adamant that this time these songs will stand on their own,” he writes. “this record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. it is the sound that only the four of us could make and i am prouder of it than any record we have ever made.” There’s a whole lot more at the original blog post, if your long dormant Bloc Party fandom just woke up from hibernation.
Below, you can watch a “trailer” for the album which intersperses a handful of new material with footage of the band bopping about town and in the studio. You can’t read (or rather, listen) too much into snippets but it’ll have to make due until the summer, as Four is out on August 21. They’re also going on tour starting in June.