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It's been a good 5 years since we had new music from the band that brought the sounds of 60s garage rock back to the mainstream, but they're coming back with new music this spring. That's right, the Strokes have recently announced that their new album, tentatively titled “Angels”, is supposed to be released March 21 2011.
This news couldn't come at a better time as I've recently come back around to the Strokes again in my listening rotation and really coming to appreciate their work once again. I remember back when this band first broke through I happened across their music video. For a brief moment... or maybe a few... I actually thought I was watching something right out of the 60s. Of course when the album was actually released it certainly didn't do anything to discourage that feeling either... and that was just their first album.
Their followup offered more of the same while also expanding into new territory... another great album. When the Strokes released their third album though, it seemed like many thought the band had faltered a little bit, becoming to adventurous and losing focus. I can't say I really agree with that as recently I'm finding the Strokes third release to be their most adventurous, and I'm liking that adventure even if perhaps it's not as accessible as previous works.
I think the fact that I have come to appreciate this band's more recent (using the term loosely) works so much is a big part of what has me so excited about this new album news. 5 years is a long time to wait for new music, and I'll admit, I had my doubts it would ever come about what with solo/side projects etc. Combined with the slightly more critical reaction to that third album and I wouldn't have been surprised had the band members decided to go their separate ways.
Not the case though...
In fact, along with the announcement of the new album came commentary from the band that they're looking to make this a regular thing again and make the release schedule a little quicker.
This is also good news. I can't tell you how excited I am to see just what sort of direction the Strokes go with this new work. They have such a unique sound that is both tightly controlled and restrained and yet raw... it's a potent combination and one that I don't hear in quite the same way in other bands so I'm glad the Strokes are/will be back.
Remember, March 21... new Strokes album... keep your eyes peeled.