Five years and a stint in rehab separate Albert Hammond Jr. from his last solo release but the Strokes guitarist is back with a brand new EP. Hammond talked to Rolling Stone about going through the songwriting process while sober: “Weirdly enough, you’re more creative. I feel OK being myself. I feel comfortable to sit and sing embarrassing melodies before finding one. I don’t mind going through the process.” The new EP sounds like a blend of Phoenix and early-era Strokes and is probably the strongest release associated with the indie rock staple in a few years. Previously released “Rude Customer” and the slow-rolling closer “Cooker Ship” are the standout tracks but the whole thing is definitely worth a listen. You can stream the album below.
(via Rolling Stone)
AHJ is out on 10/8 on Cult Records.