For those of us that will never ever get enough of his voice, Julian Casablancas is going strong and having fun. ‘Leave It In My Dreams’ is a single off The Voidz’s new album, Virtue, which arrives on Friday.
To say this song is all intro would be doing a would be doing a disservice to Julian Casablancas’ passionate vocals. “Leaving just in time/Staying for a while/Rolling in the ocean/Trying to catch her eye/Work hard and say it’s easy/Do it just to please me/Tomorrow will be different/So this is why I’m leaving”. But I love that intro, and those kickdrums, and that guitar, and… This was 2001; ‘The Modern Age’ is the second track on The Strokes’ classic Is This It.
In the last couple of weeks, The Strokes have revealed three brand new singles off Future Present Past. ‘Threat of Joy is the final reveal and the one that sounds like the band of old. Frontman Julian Casablancas sings “Okay, I see how it is now/You don’t have time to play with me anymore/That’s how it goes, I guess/Fuck the rest/Be right there, honey/I’m gonna take my time to say/Take my time today.” The EP has been pressed on Casablancas’ newly relaunched Cult Records.
Julian Casablancas released ’11th Dimension’ as the lead single from his debut album Phrazes for the Young. With Casablancas’s vocals laid over an electro-pop synth production, this sounded to my ears like Phoenix meets The Strokes. What wouldn’t there be to love?
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Honourable mentions also go to: Mayer Hawthorne for ‘Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’‘; Blue Roses for ‘Doubtful Comforts‘; The Black Eyed Peas for ‘Meet Me Halfway‘; Bibio for ‘Lovers’ Carvings‘; The xx for ‘Night Time‘; Local Natives for ‘Airplanes‘; Vib Gyor for ‘Red Lights‘, Bill Callahan for ‘Jim Cain‘ and Friendly Fires for ‘Skeleton Boy‘.
‘I Wish It Was Christmas Today’ was originally a Saturday Night Live skit featuring by Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan et al. back in 2000. A decade later, it was given an indie makeover by hero Julian Casablancas. The result sounds like a Strokes song with jingle bells and more than a hint of rebellion: “I don’t care what your momma says, Christmas time is near”.