It seems as though with Jeff Lynne handling all the instruments for his ELO recordings, he's finally perfected the "group's" sound. Apart from veteran member Richard Tandy contributing piano to one track and Lynne's engineer supplying occasional percussion, the 2019 studio lineup of the Electric Light Orchestra is comprised solely of a 71-year-old guy from Birmingham, England holed up in his L.A. home studio.

Set for release on Friday (November 1st) is From Out Of Nowhere -- the second new original album by ELO leader Jeff Lynne in only two years. The group's last set, Alone In The Universe, came a whopping 14 years since Lynne's last batch of new songs, Zoom.

We caught up with Jeff Lynne and asked him if by shedding away all the musical support, he's finally gotten ELO to sound the way he's always wanted: "Well, I always did it as I want, 'cause I would just say what I wanted for the song. And I don't mean that in a, like, a flash bastard way; I mean, I would suggest the parts to people that I would like to include in the piece, and that's how it would work. And then we'd have a go at it and either compromise a little bit, y'know, make it slightly something else. But it would come out as I wanted it, 'cause I'm the songwriter, so, I would like to get it like I wanted, y'know?"

With ELO now spanning nearly 50 years, we asked Jeff Lynne if the group has lived up to its original musical brief: "I didn't have a clue. I just did it. I has this strange lineup, 'went out on tour with Deep Purple and did a concert tour with them -- supporting 'em in, y'know, arenas. And it went down great and it was just surprisin' to me that this strange little lineup was going down great before Deep Purple came on, y'know? 'Cause it was totally removed from this kind of music."

AUDIO: JEFF LYNNE ON ELO OPENING FOR DEEP PURPLE
AUDIO: JEFF LYNNE ON DIRECTING ORIGINAL ELO SESSIONS