U2’s 2014 album Songs Of Innocence, aka the record that Apple spammed into everybody’s iTunes library, was supposed to be quickly followed up by another album called Songs Of Experience, a reference to William Blake’s collection of poems titled Songs Sf Innocence And Of Experience.
In a letter to fans written by Bono and posted on U2.com shortly after the first album’s release, he wrote, “If you like Songs Of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know I’ve said that before…”
The band announced last Christmas that their 2017 plans include finally releasing Songs Of Experience, and now it definitely looks like something is actually happening. Fans started to report yesterday that they received mysterious letters in the mail, which appears to be teasing a new song called “Blackout.”
The letter features text blocked out by a black silhouette of Bono’s son Eli and The Edge’s daughter Sian holding hands, the original image of which the band has shown during their Joshua Tree anniversary tour and which may be the cover art for Songs Of Experience.
In the image are some empty spaces scattered across the page, which reveals the message:
“Blackout … It’s clear who you are will appear … U2.com.”