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The trailer for the lead Stroke’s solo debut Phrazes For The Young was soundtracked with widescreen, cinematic synth pop, his first on-camera interview in years boasted quotes about harnessing “the power and seriousness of classical music” while “captur(ing) the catchiness of modern music,” and with last night’s BBC debut of lead single “11th Dimension,” we get to hear how all those phrazes shake out. Casablancas performed this at his Tokyo show last month, it’s the one with the “Rebel Rebel”-moved-to-keyboard chord progression, the electronic beats, the instantly memorable chorus. Criss-crossing countermelodies creep into each section, the bridge flips from goofy staccato keys to chunky gated guitars, the vocals are mixed crisply and down the middle. Think of it as a bizzaro Strokes song where each element is arranged for an electronic pop band, flush with ideas without losing its forward thrust. Maybe you could say the countermelody movement is a little classical, but whatever the phraze, “11th Dimension” is classically catchy.

It’s also at MySpace in case that stream goes down.

Phrazes For The Young is out 10/19 in the UK, and 10/20 in the US via Cult/RCA. Still waiting on those US tour dates.

Comments (90)
  1. just like a different Casablanca!

  2. Not bad. It’s got that tingey of trance-y Strokes and it’s really just nice to hear his voice again.

  3. Snow White  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    I’m embarrassed for him. This is bad

  4. TT  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    This will probably be the one and only time I use the word “rad” to describe how good a song sounds.

  5. Darrell  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    I’m pretty sure this is total bullshit.

  6. ben  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    im instantly in love with this. so much fun! can’t wait to hear more. i hope the whole album is solid.

  7. Navi  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    FTW

  8. abe lincoln  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    magnetic fields

  9. rob  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    this is so awesome

  10. C. Science  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    Haters: have you no sense of melody? Do 80s synths not illuminate your soul like neon laser beams? Does brilliant pop music not make you happy? God help your poor souls…

  11. I loved the sound in the trailer and love this – a nice departure and seems to suit him well – i’m hoping once this is released and people enjoy it for a time, a proper new strokes will then be upon us.

  12. Cornflakes  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    Yeah, I think this is definitely something I can get in to, pretty cool

  13. Man, I’ve missed Julian. This is a lot better than I was expecting. I’m pretty pumped to hear the whole album.

  14. steve  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    you know… i had a feeling this was gonna be awesome

  15. tp  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    Stevie Nicks “Stand Back”

  16. thor  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    can the strokes just get back together, make an album, and make the world a happy place again?

  17. luvinit  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    i just broke my chair

  18. Scott  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    This is the happiest thing I’ve ever heard. I MUST RAVE NOW.

  19. Marko  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    It’s not bad, but I’m starting to get all 80′s-out.

    Can someone wake me up when the 80′s are over and we’ve all deicded to re-embrace the sounds of New Jack Swing?

  20. easy  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    “forgive them even if they are not sorry” “were so quick to point out our own flaws in others” … interesting lyrics in the chorus. and of course it sounds great. i like.

  21. Max  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle.”

  22. Steven  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    this instantly made me smile. thank you julian

  23. Love it.

  24. brian  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    dig it, better than i was epxecting.

  25. surprised!  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    just played this through a real stereo and it’s pretty awesome

  26. Alex  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    oh my god this is incredible.

  27. John  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    this reminds me of “Jump” by Van Halen. The opening synth chords that is..

    pretty solid though

  28. broshot  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    bruce springsteen called, and he wants the synth riff from “glory days” back.

  29. Andrew  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 0

    BEST SONG EVER TO GIVE ME A SEIZURE AND BONER JUST BY LISTENING TO IT

  30. Relax Baby Be Cool  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2009 0

    Julian is an unbelievable song writer. But this sounds a bit lazy to me. I love Julian, but from what I’ve heard so far…boring is for ignoring.

  31. jackie  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2009 0

    Albert Hammond Jr. is in rehab

  32. andrew  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2009 0

    sounds like cocaine

  33. carcrashkiss  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2009 0

    Julian’s songwriting skills are truly amazing. This is a perfect pop song.
    it makes me anxious for his album now.

  34. ars3nalpromo  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    jesus, if this is only his solo work, I can’t imagine what the 4th Strokes album will be like.

  35. cheyrou  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    yea this looks like it could be the best album of 2009. i’m not kidding this sounds awesome. cant wait for new strokes album.

  36. cpb  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    First time I heard it, last week: Okay.
    Second time, a few days later: Pretty dang good.
    Third time, today: Freaking awesome.

    This song is great. So upbeat, so damn catchy. Love his vocal melody, especially in the verses. And those synths…!

  37. evan  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    booooooring.

  38. Pau  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    Aweosome!!!
    I just love it
    I was waitingso long to hear something of this new album and i’m so happy for the results!

  39. ryan  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    I like the song. But, I just realized what the chord progression rips off…Supergrass’ Pumpin on the Stereo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXL_Xb0zT5g

  40. ikidikid  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    Look guys we get it it’s a simple chord progression. Can we all just agree that Joe Satriani wrote it and be done

  41. Sounds like a Killers B-side. Very disappointing.

  42. zahid  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2009 0

    its different…. i like it

  43. I adore this. It took me a while to place it, but the riff reminds me of Don’t You Want Me by Human League. There are traces of Madonna’s Into the Groove there too.

  44. DO NOT WANT.

    Why has Julian gone all 80s Pop on me? I mean First Impressions of Earth was bad, this is TERRIBLE!

  45. Idiotech  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2009 0

    Q: How many fat dudes does it take to rip off your parents’ record collection?

    A: Julian Casablancas.

  46. Jaclyn  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2009 0

    Where are these “new ideas?” He is ripping off the 80′s…

  47. Amanda  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2009 0

    He’s creepy…

  48. jd!  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2009 0

    “i just nod, i’ve never been too good at shaking hands”

    “drop your guard, you don’t have to be smiling all the time”

    nothing’s changed lyrically, or mellidocally with Julian except the instruments..? If your an actual fan of “good” music, let alone Julian Casablancas’ music, than why post negative comments?

  49. Sam  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2009 0

    Um, why can’t people review the music posted on this website!?! What’s your deal?!

  50. illmati  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2009 0

    Can’t this gy already start working at the modeling agency already…?

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