Pete Doherty and Frédéric Lo have shared another collaborative single, ’The Epidemiologist’ – check out the official video below.
The Libertines and Babyshambles frontman teamed up with the French musician for a new joint album, ‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’, which comes out next Friday (March 18) via Doherty’s own Strap Originals label.
“When Frédéric and I were sat at the kitchen table writing with guitars, we wanted the feel of ‘The Last Of The International Playboys’ or ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ [Morrissey],” Doherty explained of the duo’s latest offering.
“There are a number of references in the lyrics to films, writers and books. It’s about hope when things are a mess.”
Lo said: “It was one of the first songs I played to Peter but it was the last one we finished. Pop and a bit classical.”
Over the first piano-led verse, Doherty sings: “The best-laid plans can oft go to fockery/ Rundown B&Bs can turn to luxury/ A wish that is wasted still can be granted/ Hope that is doped still can be planted.”
Speaking in an interview with NME earlier this year, Doherty explained that his collaborative new album is a result of “turning inward” for inspiration.
“I was getting clean,” he said. “I suppose there was just so much recklessness for such a long period of time and not really caring what anyone else thought that it reverses, and all of a sudden you go from having no pressure to being hyper-sensitively aware of this new expectation.”
Doherty added: “I think the creative process is like an addiction in itself. I need to write songs, and I’ve never really got to the bottom of it.”
Pete Doherty and Frédéric Lo will showcase ‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’ on a UK and European headline tour this May. They’re due to perform at KOKO in Camden, London on May 13.
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