N.E.R.D., the funk-rock group comprised of the Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, along with friend and collaborator Shae Haley, are ready to drop a new album, their first since 2004’s Fly or Die, in late June on Star Trak. Titled Seeing Sounds (in reference to a neurological phenomenon called Synesthesia, where senses cross so a tone correlates to, say, a color — read the insanely complex dissection at wikipedia), the band drew inspiration from the idea of seeing the music. So what took so long? Williams, who recently wrapped a record with Madonna, told MTV last October that he was “just waiting for the right sounds,” comparing making music to going fishing. “You fish for it every day, and either you get it or you don’t,” he said. “And sometimes I have to wait. What I usually do with the N.E.R.D. albums is we wait a lot.” But fans won’t have to wait much longer.

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