They'll be working with an old friend again

Mercury Rev have begun work on their seventh studio album.

The band, who recently released a career-spanning Best Of, are writing the follow-up to 2005’s ‘The Secret Migration’, which will again be produced by longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann.

Drummer Jeff Mercel told Billboard: “Right now, it’s still those little sparks. You get a little idea of what’s to come, but we haven’t really pushed anything much further than that.

“We’re collecting a lot of small ideas. But we’ll definitely be working with Dave. In some capacity, we’re always involved with him. The relationship has changed now that we have our own functional studio, so some of the roles sort of cross. But it’s still a very collaborative effort.”