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- Posted on Mar 18th 2013 12:45PM by Jason MacNeil
According to fan site Atu2.com -- which cited a new interview Clayton did with Irish publication Hot Press -- the musician said U2 "very much want to have a record out by the end of the year, September, October, November. That kind of time."
Clayton also revealed the group is working with Danger Mouse, (Black Keys, Beck, Norah Jones) describing him as a "smart guy." "He's on it. He's excited," Clayton says. "It's a great team and feels very liberating at the moment -- anything goes. We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily. We're really trying to get into territory that we're not comfortable in. If that makes sense..."
Previous reports indicated the band might be working on different albums for multiple releases including one with the working title The Songs of Ascent but it appears those plans are at best on hold for now.
Meanwhile, Bono's wife Ali Hewson also shared some information on the record in an interview with The Guardian.
"They're well down the road on the new album and it sounds good," Hewson said. "That's all I'm saying."
U2 released No Line on the Horizon back in 2009 and toured to mid-2011 in support of it. Danger Mouse recently worked on the Rome album with Daniele Luppi which also included appearances by Jones and Jack White.