Bloc Party play bongos in studio during new album trailer video – watch

Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack are recording follow up to 2012 album 'Four'

Bloc Party have offered another update on the progress of their next album.

The band’s frontman Kele Okereke revealed in March that the London outfit have “started recording” their new LP, despite bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong recently parting ways with the group.

Providing a taster of what to expect from their fifth full-length, the latest clip follows two other posted in recent months.

In this new video, the band are seen playing a pair of bongos. Watch the 20-second clip below.

Bloc Party released their most recent record ‘Four’ in 2012, before embarking on a hiatus the following year. The band currently consists of Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack.

Speaking to Australian radio station Triple J recently, Okereke claimed that the band have “started recording” their fifth LP. “I guess it’s the first time that I have talked about it but we are making a record at the moment,” Okereke is quoted as saying. “It’s sounding like nothing that we’ve done before but that’s what everyone always says.”

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Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke at Isle Of Wight festival 2013

Okereke continued: “We’re at the writing/recording phase. We’ve started recording – I think we have about 18 [song] ideas and we’re going to lay them down properly in the next few months.”

The singer described the new material as “an evolution of where we were”, adding: “So far there’s nothing that I can compare it to really in terms of other musicians, whereas in the past I always could – we were always trying to reference something else.”

Bloc Party will play their first gig in two years at FYF Fest in Los Angeles in August.
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