You keep expecting that song that will wake you up from the torpor of your quarantine, and if the Strokes’ new song ‘Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus’ is not bad, it is nevertheless something they could have written 3 decades ago.
It starts with a sort of annoying pulsing synth and then the Strokes typical guitars and Julian Casablancas’ voice bring you back in the mid-’90s, with several other vibes. It’s a full bloom upbeat pop song that follows the Strokes’ main rules, even though some people hear some inspirations from the Killers and even The Smiths or New Order, although I don’t really hear these later ones. This idea bounces back at the line of the song: ‘And the eighties bands? Oh, where did they go?’ Julian also sings about wanting new friends and not being too successful at it: ‘I want new friends, but they don’t want me/They’re making plans while I watch TV.’ The sort of thought you would make in high school? However, he also makes an allusion to his ex-wife Juliet Joslin (‘Juliet, I adore’) whereas the two divorced just last year. Which leads fans to wonder, was the song written before their separation?
‘Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus’ is the latest single from the Strokes’ forthcoming album, and I honestly like it better than the other singles they have released so far. But in comparison with the material coming from Casablancas’ other band, The Voidz, it is far less experimental and a sort of back to basics guitar-driven tune written by one of the most famous indie rock bands of the last decade.
The Strokes’ forthcoming album, The New Abnormal, is their sixth studio album, it was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu. Their first album in seven years, it will be out this Friday, April 10th via Cult/RCA.
A video for the single “Bad Decisions’ was already released a little while ago whereas the video for ‘At The Door,’ the first track released from the album, premiered during their performance at Senator Bernie Sanders’ University of New Hampshire rally.
The album’s cover artwork is a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Bird on Money.’
Here is the tracklist of the New Abnormal:
1. The Adults Are Talking
3. Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus
4. Bad Decisions
5. Eternal Summer
6. At The Door
7. Why Are Sundays So Depressing
8. Not The Same Anymore
9. Ode To The Mets
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