Set for May 29 U.S. release on Casablanca Records, Magic Hour is the follow-up to 2010’s Night Work, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums Chart and was hailed as “dirty fun” by The New York Times. Ranging from the first single, “Only The Horses,” a full-on hands-in-the-air rave-pop banger, to “Shady Love,” an exuberant rap-pop number featuring guest vocals by Harlem-based rapper/singer Azealia Banks, Magic Hour is supremely diverse. Recorded in New York and London, the album also finds Scissor Sisters teaming up with Calvin Harris, Stuart Price, Pharrell Williams, Diplo and Alex Rihda, the German electronic music producer and DJ behind BoysNoize. (See below for tracklisting.)
“It was a pretty collaborative effort,” says frontman Jake Shears. “It’s really different from Night Work. That was almost a concept album. This one is a bit more of a grab-bag of music – it’s closest to our first record in terms of variety, and that board-game aspect where you’re not quite sure where you’re going to land next.”
“Only The Horses,” which will be available at all digital retailers beginning May 15, was co-produced with Calvin Harris. The band’s relationship with Harris started when Shears was working with him on material for Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite album. “When we wrote ‘Horses,’ I immediately knew that he’d help knock it out of the park,” says Jake.