The godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, has announced he’ll release a new solo album entitled Free on September 6th through Caroline.
The new album will follow Post Pop Depression from 2016, Iggy’s highest charting album. According to him, however, the forthcoming album – which sees him collaborate with Leron Thomas and Noveller – couldn’t be more different, suggesting it’s a more sombre and reflective album than we’ve heard from the former Stooges frontman.
“This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice,” he says.
“By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free.
“I know that’s an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing; all that you need – not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen.”
Other details are scant at this point, but to coincide with the announcement, Iggy has released the opening title track from the album. It’s something of a teaser, featuring swelling strings and horns as Iggy repeats “I want to be free.”
Listen to the track ‘Free’ below.