It’s not an outright club cut, and the guitars aren’t absent to a Zinner-degree, but still: lots of synths to this new Phoenix. “1901” is the lead leak from the Parisian pop-minded rockers’ forthcoming fourth LP Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. They’re an album-oriented band, each great with little by way of filler, but also they’re unafraid to cast their style-net widely within each tracklist. (I.e. this is the band that put “Too Young” and “Funky Squaredance” on the same record). So “1901” isn’t necessarily suggestive of the rock of Amadeus, not that there would be anything wrong with that: It’s still Thomas Mars coolly killing a hook, and it’s still a bright, upbeat, and pulsing Phoenix rock cut. Take the hook of “Long Distance Call” and work some keyboard tones dialed to French electrohouse into the mix. Or just listen to “1901.”
Phoenix – “1901” (MP3)
It’s logical growth, really; guitarist Laurent Brancowitz was in a band with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo aka Daft Punk once upon a day. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out soon on 5/25 worldwide. Until then, there’s Twitter.