The record isn't released until October, but NME.COM has heard it already...

PULP have given NME.COM a world exclusive preview of their eagerly anticipated new album, out on October 15 through ISLAND.

The album, their seventh and as-yet-untitled, has been produced by music legend Scott Walker. It’s the first time the reclusive star has ever produced a record for anyone else.

The first single from the album will be ‘Trees’, released on October 1, though B-sides and artwork are still being decided upon.

Overall, the album is more optimistic-sounding than their last, the claustrophobic ‘This Is Hardcore’, and features widespread use of strings and backing vocalists.

Scott Walker‘s influence is constantly apparent due to the grandiose nature of the arrangements.

Explaining the new album, vocalist Jarvis Cocker said: “This record deals with fundamental things. In some ways I suppose it’s quite childlike. We stripped away all the things and in the end we were left with bare earth, trees and nature.”

The album had a protracted birth after the band ditched everything they’d recorded in the early part of 2000 with a producer that didn’t work out, and started again in October with Walker on board.

For the full story, including a track-by-track guide to the record, see this week’s NME, which is out today in London (July 31) and nationwide from tomorrow (August 1).