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A new studio update from Mike on the latest album by Linkin Park:

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"Hey everyone,

We’re hard at work making some new music for you. The six of us have been more than enthusiastic about how this album is shaping up, and I’m happy to share this update!
As usual during an early stage, we don’t know a ton about where the songs will end up. They change shapes over and over during the writing process, and we usually write dozens of songs, which push each other in and out of contention for a spot on the final album.

One thing that’s making this album unique (so far) is the process. When we started out as a band, we often started our songs focusing almost entirely on the musical “track," with no vocals until the end of the process. The vocals were usually forced into the existing chords and structure of the song, which often times meant that some ideas we loved never "made it," because good words or good melodies never showed up, even though we liked the music. Over time, we’ve started incorporating vocals earlier and earlier in the process, usually in the form of skat “la la la” vocals and gibberish words. Many of those demos have been shared as a part of our LPU albums.
But this time, we decided to go even further, and write more “traditionally."

We’re starting with the most fundamental parts of the songs—the words and vocal melodies—and completely fleshing out those ideas before we begin working out the music. That means right now, we’re only focusing on the foundations upon which the songs are built. Some songs are just one piano, keyboard, or guitar, and a vocal. The concept and words of the song are front and center. We’ve even invited some new friends into the studio to bounce ideas off (more to come on that later).

So far, the new approach is paying off. The new stuff is really powerful, and the stories and emotional content is really shining through. We’re going to continue on this path until we feel like we’ve got more than enough material to begin the “sound” phase.

I’ve been posting some live video streams of studio days up on the Facebook page, so keep an eye out for those updates. And we’ll try to write some more updates as things go. This album is going to be insane, and we’re looking forward to taking you on the journey as we make it.

Best,
Mike
LP"

Thoughts?

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You guys do realize that Chester's been using guitar as his primary songwriting instrument since before he joined Linkin Park, right? He wrote Morning After on acoustic guitar back in the Grey Daze era...considering the songs are very melody and lyric-centric at this point and the primary writers of melodies and lyrics are Mike and Chester, I'd be shocked to NOT see Chester with a guitar at this stage of the process.

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Well, that doesn't sound bad. I just hope we get something more imaginative than "Cause you don't know what you've got, ooo you don't know what you've got, no you don't know what you've got, it's your battle to be lost, no you don't know what you've got, until it's gone"

 

Actually I hope their music will be more a mixture of a few electronic sounds with rock again. I don't expect a new HT or Meteora, but the thing that lacked in Hunting Party were the electronical sounds or scratching (I hope some scratching will come back)

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How does this update compare to the studio update that came out around this time two years ago before THP? At that point Mike said he couldn't wait for us to hear it that summer, so there was a more solid timeframe then. Is it safe to say that they aren't as far along in the process as they were for THP during that update?

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How does this update compare to the studio update that came out around this time two years ago before THP? At that point Mike said he couldn't wait for us to hear it that summer, so there was a more solid timeframe then. Is it safe to say that they aren't as far along in the process as they were for THP during that update?

Yes. I'd be shocked to see this come out before September or October.

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