"It's the first time of there being some uncertainty," says Julian Bunetta
One Direction producer and songwriter Julian Bunetta has claimed that the boy band’s forthcoming fifth album was recorded with the four members knowing it would be their last before taking a hiatus.
The Sun reported over the weekend that the group will disband this March after holding crunch talks in London earlier in the month. The report claimed that the four members – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – had mutually agreed to an extended hiatus to focus on solo projects.
Horan and Tomlinson have since clarified that they’re not splitting up completely, but instead taking a break.
In an interview with Billboard, Bunetta spoke about the making of the album, revealing it was recorded with an air of uncertainty.
“There was a feeling of, ‘Well, we’re going to take a break, and anything in the world can happen during that time off,'” he said. “It’s the first time of there being some uncertainty, of not having things planned out beforehand, since they were 16 years old. There was definitely a vibe of making [the album] the best it can possibly be, and knowing it has to last as long as it needs to until we make another record – if we make another record.
The Sun’s report came just five months after Zayn Malik departed the group, stating that he wishes to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”. He has since unveiled plans for a solo career, stating that he wants to make “#realmusic”.
Zayn’s exit was followed by the first official press shot of the band as a four-piece (above), with body language experts claiming that the picture shows signs of disunity in the group.
On what to expect from the new album, Bunetta said: “There’s a song about losing someone that isn’t Zayn. There’s also a song about the band being on shaky ground and not knowing what the future is. There are songs about love, there’s a song that is a little more sexually charged. It’s all over the map.”