Listen to Phoenix’s turbulent new track ‘Alpha Zulu’

Hear the lead track from the band's upcoming "weird Frankenstein of an album"

Phoenix have released a new track called ‘Alpha Zulu’. Listen to the song below.

The song marks the French band’s first new music in two years. The title and lyric ‘Alpha Zulu’ come from a phrase frontman Thomas Mars heard a pilot repeating over the radio during a flight as the plane hit turbulence. The urgency of the situation and phrase stuck with Mars and inspired the track.

According to a release, the band is currently in the studio finishing up their first new album in five years, and follow-up to 2017’s ‘Ti Amo’. ‘Alpha Zulu’ is also said to foreshadow the sound of Phoenix’s upcoming album, hinting at “bold new sonic horizons.”


Phoenix 'Alpha Zulu' cover art
Phoenix ‘Alpha Zulu’ cover art CREDIT: Press

The band from Versailles is currently on tour, will multiple festival dates on the horizon, including a homecoming show at Paris’ We Love Green Festival as well as a slot at Primavera Sound in Barcelona with more shows to be announced. Check out tickets here and view the current list of shows below.

Phoenix tour dates:

1 – Nimes, FR – Paloma
3 – Saint-Brieuc, FR – Festival Art Rock
4 – Paris, FR – We Love Green
8 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera In The City
10 – Lyon, FR – Nuits de Fourviere
11 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound

17-18 – Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown
23-25 – Bentonville, AR – Format Festival

14-16 – Austin, TX – ACL


The four-piece shared the standalone single ‘Identical’ last summer. According to frontman Thomas Mars, ‘Identical’, which was released as part of the On The Rocks OST, will make it on a forthcoming album “somehow”.

At the time of the song’s arrival, Mars offered an update on what the band’s upcoming seventh album might sound like: “There’s no coherence and it’s a little bit like our first record, maybe; ‘United’, which had songs that would explore heavy metal and then country music.” Mars added: “This is the same sort of weird Frankenstein of an album.”

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