By Staff

Phoenix have announced their new studio album Ti Amo, which will be released on June 9.

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In a new profile by The New York Times, singer Thomas Mars discussed the album’s lead track “J-Boy,” which he describes as having “a sort of romantic sci-fi feeling I like.”

Mars specifically sites Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind as inspiring. “My wife told me that a teacher once said to her, ‘This is the best metaphor for being an artist,'” he said. “And when you look at it this way, it’s incredible — the whole neighborhood looks at this guy [Richard Dreyfuss’s character] like he’s insane, but he has a vision.”

The band previewed “J-Boy” in a Calvin Klein underwear ad, which was directed by Mars’ wife Sofia Coppola.


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