A couple of years ago the seemingly unlikely duo of Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (of White Fence) came together to create Drinks and release an album called Hermits On Holiday. The release showed a duo completely willing to engage with the other's weirdest traits, resulting in one of the quirkiest and wonkily charming low-key albums in recent memory. It seemed certain it would be a one off - but it turns out that is absolutely not the case, as today Drinks have announced that they will return with a second album Hippo Lite on April 26th through Drag City.

Hippo Lite was recorded in St. Hippolyte Du Fort, South France, where the pair decamped for a month last summer. Both have shared their impressions of the time spent there writing and recording the album, and they both give tremendous insight into the setting, both idealistic and trying, that brought about the album (not to mention giving you an idea of the personalities that created it).

Le Bon says: "A month spent in an old mill in the under belly of France. River swimming thrice a day. Hot nights soundtracked by the rattle of randy frogs. Scorpion fear. In the sheets, on the face. Hours of bird watching - no phone service. No wifi. 3 DVDs: Jurassic Park 1, 2 & 3. Violin practice. Bread scoffing."

Presley comments "We used night sounds, night insects and used frogs as instruments. Did you know frogs have saxophones in their throats? This is a broken music. a crumble. It's the music of the building we called home for a month. We've never made & recorded music in such a simple living environment... We lived in a mysterious place. We had a flock of bats over for dinner many nights."

You can read the full statements from both at the bottom of this piece. Before that, listen to the lead single 'Real Outside', a skeletal single that creeps around on percussive knocking and fidgeting guitars, enhancing Le Bon's bewitching presence. Listen to it below.

If that doesn't excite you enough, the album also has a co-sign from Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, who says: "I have not listened to anything except the new Drinks album.......At first i was like, this is a mind fuck. then i became addicted. it is totally brilliant"

Hippo Lite will be out on April 26th and can be pre-ordered here. Here are the full statements about recording the album:

"A month spent in an old mill in the under belly of France. River swimming thrice a day. Hot nights soundtracked by the rattle of randy frogs. Scorpion fear. In the sheets, on the face. Hours of bird watching - no phone service. No wifi. 3 DVDs: Jurassic Park 1, 2 & 3. Violin practice. Bread scoffing. Early morning coffee drinking before the sun was too hot to do anything but snooze in the thick walled house. Music in the afternoon after a dip in the river and a cold beer on the square. An album made for each other by one another with no hands, eyes or ears piercing the bubble other than that of dear friend Stephen Black who kept note of it all." - Cate Le Bon

"In a town, so very still and quiet. A month in St. Hippolyte Du Fort, South France. Where completely all of their brave young men vanished forever from the death machine of the first world war. At one time left with only women and young girls. Only relics of time standing still. All the deceased names of men chiseled under a stone angel, that watches over the town square. We set up a recording unit in an old stone mill turned house and began to write and record with the attention of tree trimmers or gardeners.

It got so hot we had to swim in a local river near by just to be able to think, then back to our home to make sounds and songs. Any sounds we could think of or wanted.

We used night sounds, night insects and used frogs as instruments. Did you know frogs have saxophones in their throats? This is a broken music. a crumble. It's the music of the building we called home for a month. We've never made & recorded music in such a simple living environment. With all the ease, and air we needed. We were in a town 8 miles over from Robert Crumb's hidden residence. We lived in a mysterious place. We had a flock of bats over for dinner many nights. No internet, or a phone to look to. We had a beautiful big stone house, a river, and from time to time a lovely elderly yet young-hearted couple who would visit. It was the opposite of what a typical recording experience usually is for any of us. We tried to capture all of this and put it on record." - Tim Presley