August 22, 2013 11:11

Carl Barât recording new solo album with The Bronx's Joby Ford

Singer opens up about 'exciting' new record recorded in San Fernando

Carl Barât recording new solo album with The Bronx's Joby Ford

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Carl Barât has revealed that he has almost finished recording his new solo album with Joby Ford from The Bronx.

Posting a lengthy Facebook message to his fans, Barât confirmed that he has been working with Ford in America and that both drummer Fredo Ortiz and Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt will appear on the record. The former Libertines member says he is listening to mixes of the album at the moment, although no release date is mentioned.

The Facebook post reads: "I've been working on this new album, you see. For the last month, when not touring, I've worked every hour god sent, in the dust bowl of the San Fernando valley with the excellent Mr Joby Ford on my new album, with which I am so far, delighted. It would seem that my relationship with my guitar is all patched up and further reinforced like what tends to happen with broken bones."

Barât continues: "I am currently listening to mixes and becoming increasingly excited about this one. Apart from a couple of nights on the town and a nasty incident with some bedbugs I didn't leave the studio, but we had a couple of friends drop by to play some things, including Mr Andrew Wyatt and Fredo from Beastie Boys. I'm getting artwork together as we speak and finalising this and that. More than glad to be home though."

Carl Barât's released his self-titled debut solo record in 2010. The topic of a Dirty Pretty Things reunion was mooted earlier this year with Barât saying he would like to play live again with the band in the future.

Meanwhile, Pete Doherty recently said that he is not currently in contact with Barât, dashing hopes of reunion for The Libertines anytime soon. "It's all gone quiet on the Western Front," he said. "[Libertines drummer] Gary Powell, I believe, is playing drums for the New York Dolls again. I've not spoken to Carl recently. But I'm sure if there's any gigs lined up I'll be the first to know about it."

The Libertines reformed in 2010 for performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals as well as a one-off headline date at The Forum in London. Speaking about the band's debut album 'Up The Bracket' on its 10th anniversary in 2012, Carl Barât said: "It's like a time capsule, bristling. I feel beatific joy twinned with deep sorrow, which was what wrote the songs back then."

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