According to the band's frontman Brett Anderson, Suede have discarded a large portion of new songs they played during their 2011 comeback shows, and have instead begun work on a fresh batch of material with their former producer Ed Buller.
Posting on the band's Facebook page Anderson said:
"For those of you wondering just what is happening with the new Suede material, please allow Brett to bring you up to speed...
"Ever the prancing panderer, willing to please and dance to the popular tune i thought someone should show their face and pipe up now the cat's ears are kind of poking out of the top of the bag. And that someone is me.
Yes, we are currently deep in the studio swamp with former Psychedelic Fur and erstwhile ballerina Ed Buller. As well as perfecting our Brian Butterfield impersonations we have all been merrily chipping away at the huge block of raw stone that is, whisper it, the new Suede album. What does it sound like ? Oh! I don't know, probably like some artist on some drug, engaged in a game of quoits with some other artist on another drug, you can adopt your own journalistic cliche if you haven't grown up yet.
There are guitars, there are drums, there is bass, there are more guitars and there is a bit of out of tune warbling but most importantly there are songs. Some of the best for a while actually, i would boldly, and probably stupidly venture.
Titles? Hmmmm... 'Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away', 'For The Strangers', 'It Starts and Ends With You' amongst others. The proto-proto-proto type version that we were fumbling around with towards the end of last year is very dead so apart from 'Sabotage', don't get attached to any of those songs from Russia cos it's very unlikely anyone will ever hear them again. They were canon-fodder i'm afraid, part of the endlessly shifting and self-questioning process. Every album I've ever made has been brutally hard (that's kind of the point) and this is no exception but you will be intrigued to hear, we have just banked the final curve and are into the home straight. Maybe you'll even hear something new at Hop Farm...and maybe not.
Anyway, I hope that has answered some questions for you and provoked yet more that you want to be answered.
All the love and poison of Notting Hill