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Geffen Records recording artists Lifehouse will release their first new album, Almería in over two years on Dec. 11. Marking their sixth studio album release overall, Almería was produced by longtime collaborator Jude Cole, and finds Lifehouse expanding and stretching out the Lifehouse “sound.” To date, Lifehouse has sold over 400,000 albums in Canada.
"We just felt like some sounds needed to evolve,” remarked lead singer Jason Wade. “We knew we had to shake things up creatively and go back to the drawing board, and try something new. It was a liberating experience; I feel like we can take all our different musical influences and they can kind of coalesce together and live in the same space without any rules or guidelines. This album was just very in-the-moment, or should I say letting moments happen instead of forcing something and trying to manipulate it."
The picturesque Spanish town of Almería rests on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and was the location for the filming of many of the classic spaghetti westerns filmed in the mid 1960’s. The studio at Box Canyon, Calif. where Lifehouse recorded Almería had a similar arid landscape.
“Sometimes the backdrop of where you create can reverberate through the music,” commented Wade. “This was the case with spending some time up in Box Canyon. There was already reflections of spaghetti western sounds in the music, but the landscape almost infused some of the soul of the westerns into a good portion of the album."