Bloc Party held a live webchat yesterday to announce a surprise release: their third album. It's called Intimacy and will be available digitally on Thursday 21 August. That's in three daysâ¦ surprise!
The new album follows 2005's massively-acclaimed debut Silent Alarm and 2007's opinion-dividing A Weekend In The City. Intimacy's production comes courtesy of Paul Epworth and Jacknife Lee â knob-twiddlers on album one and two respectively.
The press release promises: "some songs are Bloc Party at their most wildly experimental, while other tracks are simply classic Bloc Party, fitting in seamlessly amongst fan-favourites Helicopter, Banquet and So Here We Are".
If the first single Mercury is anything to go by, it's going to be more A Weekend In The City than Silent Alarm. Here's the tracklisting to keep us guessingâ¦
5. Trojan Horse
7. One Month Off
9. Better Than Heaven
10. Ion Square
Physical CD fans will have to wait until 27 October, but anyone pre-ordering will also receive the download on Thursday.