Iggy Pop has shared a short preview of a contemplative new track called “Free”, which serves as the title-track for his upcoming album, due out September 6th.
Free is a stark sonic shift for Iggy, as we find the rocker exploring ambient, jazz-tinged soundscapes, punctuated with wandering brass and prophetic, minimalist, spoken-word vocals. It’s a uniquely sombre offering in contrast 2016’s Post Pop Depression.
In a statement, Iggy Pop described Free as: “an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice. 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.”
He added: “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.”
Enjoy a taste of the record, below:
It’s fair to say there’s an immeasurable wealth of life experience in Iggy Pop’s 72 years old on this Earth. If he feels inspired to speak, then we’re certainly inspired to listen! Free was produced by QOTSA’s Josh Homme. Check it out here.
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