The band is once again producing the album themselves. Collaborators include: Andrew Dawson,
Eg White, Justin Parker, RAC, Blackbear, and Corin
So I did some research:
Eg White has produced for Adele, Florence and the Machine. I think he’ll contribute to the album’s grand and majestic feel. Andrew Dawson has produced indie rock, hip hop, pop, that kind of thing. I think he’ll have contributed to the poppyness of the album, similar to Living Things but without all the electronic effects. Justin Parker’s wiki bio flat out states: “is an English songwriter and record producer best known for his work with female singer-songwriters such as Lana Del Rey, Bat for Lashes, and Banks.” Also included is Rihanna and Sia. Don’t know what to expect from this guy, perhaps lyrical mysticism considering he’s worked so closely with Lana del Rey.
Blackbear wrote Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”. Big success. At first I was not thrilled about this, but then again, I’m sure he adjusts his writing style to his audience. His success in itself has great implications. “blackbear formed a production collective called beartrap records. The label includes fellow producers Rad Cat, Tarro and Sevnth. Like blackbear, beartrap records is most recognized for melodic, smooth tones and edgy aesthetic.” So you know the kind of sound he’s going for. Melodic, Chester’s voice, great lyrics, the aesthetic… Whatever song he’s featured on (IF there’s one) I’m really looking forward to.
Lastly, Corin Roddick. “Purity Ring is a Canadian electronic music duo formed in 2010 and originally from Edmonton, Alberta. The band consists of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).” Not much on the man himself, they’re fairly newer, but I’m sure he’ll have a small presence on the album. As stated above, his specialty is instrumentals.