John Power talks exclusively to NME.COM about the band's new sound...

CAST are set to return with a startling, funk-inspired change of direction on their new single ‘DESERT DROUGHT’, due out in June through POLYDOR, NME.COM can reveal.

The group have been working with producer Tristran Norwell on a new album, tentatively titled ‘Beetroot’, which is due for a summer release.

‘Desert Drought’ marks a change from their guitar-based sound and is driven by horns, flutes and a funk bassline.

Speaking to NME.COM at a London studio during a playback of the new tracks, Power said: “It’s just different sounds. There’s bits of brass, bits of flute, bits of steel drum, loops and stuff. But with more the same kinda ‘up’ vibe we had on the first album.

“We wanted to come back with something that feels fresh and enticing, like. We already know we can write good songs, but we want to try new sounds.”

As well as ‘Desert Drought’, the album will feature new songs including ‘Giving It All Away’, ‘Lose Myself’, ‘Kingdoms And Crowns’ (a possible single), ‘Curtains’, ‘High Wire’, ‘Jet Stream’, ‘Meditations’, ‘I Never Can Say’, ‘U-Turn’ and ‘You Do Belong’.

Cast fans can see the band play a free gig at Liverpool’s Chevasse Park on April 6, as part of the Grand National festivities in the city. Cast will play a warm-up show at Northampton Roadmenders tonight (April 5).