Canadian pop-rock icons Tegan and Sara are in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled seventh studio album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 album Sainthood. The Quin sisters are working with three separate producers on the album: Greg Kurstin (The Shins, Lily Allen, Sia), Mike Elizondo (Regina Spektor, Mastodon, Rilo Kiley), and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Neon Trees, M83, Moving Units).
“Sara and I are trying to step outside of our comfort zones and push ourselves to the extreme with this one so get ready for a whole new T+S sound!” Tegan says. “We strive to keep things fresh and exciting with each new record and I definitely feel like we’re accomplishing that so far.”
Tegan and Sara have already finished up with Elizondo and are currently working with Kurstin before beginning sessions with Meldal-Johnsen in early May. Fans can keep up with their progress via an online web series “Carpool Confessional,” which captures them in the car as they travel to and from the studio each day. New episodes (which have featured such special guests as fun., Sia, and AFI’s Hunter Burgan) are posted every Tuesday on www.teganandsara.com. Rolling Stone is documenting the action as well, with new photojournals being posted every Wednesday. See the ongoing behind-the-scenes photo gallery here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/behind-the-scenes-with-tegan-and-sara-20120229. Alternative Press also ran a Q&A with Tegan about working on the new album.
In other Tegan and Sara news, the band’s 2011 DVD/CD Get Along has been nominated for a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy’s) for “Music DVD of the Year.” The winners will be announced during the weekend of March 31st. In addition, the girls’ collaboration with DJ Morgan Page, “Body Work,” is currently available on iTunes. The band is also featured on the cover of this month’s Curve Magazine.