If you’re someone who likes to try before you buy, and you’re a fan of The Strokes, this will start your morning off well – the band have teamed up with Pitchfork to offer a full stream of their brand-new album, Comedown Machine, ahead of its local release on Friday.
The stream comes hot on the heels of the guys revealing the video for latest single All The Time, filled with best-of archive footage of the band.
BBC‘s James Sinner recently described Comedown Machine as being a record filled with “brilliant pop songs”, and during our brief listen to the first half of the record, that’s probably a viewpoint we can advocate as well – there’s quite a lot of swagger-tinged dancefloor-friendly rock in there, with more than a hint of Phoenix-sounding muted guitar.
The Strokes recently announced that they had tracked Comedown Machine at the famous Electric Lady Studios in New York and, unlike their last album, Angles, frontman Julian Casablancas tracked his vocals WITH the rest of the band, as opposed to submitting his tracks completely separately.
The band have not announced a tour or any live shows in support of the release thus far but, given the new release is in such close proximity to the impending Splendour In The Grass line-up, and the fact the band have headlined the festival on a couple of occasions before – the most recent being 2010 – they just might be a possibility to make a trip to Byron Bay again. We’ll wait and see.
Until then, enjoy the stream of Comedown Machine, and check out the track list below.
The Strokes – Comedown Machine
01. Tap Out
02. All the Time
03. One Way Trigger
04. Welcome to Japan
05. 80’s Comedown Machine
07. Slow Animals
08. Partners In Crime
10. Happy Endings
11. Call It Fate, Call It Karma