Manic Street Preachers have been busy recording two new albums at once.
Singer James Dean Bradfield, 44, told me: "We've virtually finished the first, which is acoustic.
"There's only one song with electric guitar on the album, but it's not 'bongos round the campfire'."
It features Richard Hawley, 46, while a second album is "more aggressive and experimental".
James added: "The acoustic album has a soul vibe, with Rolling Stones-style horns. The first single is very positive, but there are darker moments too."
The band is expected to preview new songs when they headline Festival No 6, in Portmeirion, north Wales, from September 13-15.