Justin Timberlake is hard at work on new songs and he says that so far, the material seems pretty direct. “I wouldn’t say [my new material] is the antithesis of 20/20, but it does sound more singular,” he said. “If 20/20 sounded like it literally surrounds your entire head, this stuff feels more like it just punches you between the eyes.”
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The pop star recently released a few songs for the Trolls soundtrack, but hasn’t released a full album since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience. Timberlake said there is no firm release date for the new project. “I’ll put it out when it’s done – when it feels right,” reports Rolling Stone.
Timberlake is working with Pharrell Williams for the first time since his Justified album. The producer revealed that they had “a good solid six [songs] that are like, ‘Whoa, what was that? Play that again.'”
As for working with the former *NSYNC frontman, Williams told Rolling Stone, “If you’re able to really screenshot your own vulnerability, and frame it properly, and color-correct it, then it becomes something that every human can relate to. And I think Justin is in the place where he’s mastering that right now.”
Timberlake also teamed up with Timbaland again, as well as Max Martin, who he’d worked with in *NSYNC, and more recently on “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
Timberlake summed up the team saying, “Tim is a sound junkie, the same way Pharrell is a song junkie. And then Max is like music’s Morpheus.”