Four years have elapsed since Keane's last album "Perfect Symmetry"; two since "Night Train", the mini-LP which followed its three full-length predecessors to the top of the British album charts, securing them a place in pop history. If Keane's feverishly loyal fan-base wondered what the group's next album would sound like, they weren't the only ones. In the eight years following the release of 2004's 9x platinum Brit award winning "Hopes & Fears", every Keane album has marked a clear progression from the previous one: the anxious emotional terrain mapped out by "Under The Iron Sea"; the iridescent poptimism of "Perfect Symmetry" featuring the electro charged hit song 'Spiralling', voted Q Magazine's 2008 Song Of The Year. But what next? It was a question that Tim had asked himself from time to time. "I felt that on Perfect Symmetry, I had allowed myself to get as excited by textures as much as the actual songwriting. In the wake of that, I spent a lot of time thinking about what it is that makes a song magic."
On their latest album, "Strangeland", we find ourselves in the company of adults attempting to make sense of their present situation. Life gets better, the human attachments you make grow deeper and, along the way, ambitions are realized. "Strangeland" saw the notion of fun resurface in the shared world of Keane in a way that it hadn't quite done since the sessions for "Hopes & Fears". Richard casts an eye behind him at the rolling Sussex scenery that encircles the studio Keane have called home for the last few months. "In many respects, it feels like the completion of a circle. On the album you have songs that draw upon the experiences we used to share as kids, growing up in Battle. You can never really go back, of course. We're married. Some of us have kids. Once in a while though, after a good day, we'll go to the local pub and talk about everything and nothing until it's time to go home. Whatever it is that makes us Keane - that invisible glue - is still there. And you can hear it all over "Strangeland".