Bartees Strange – “Boomer”

Bartees Strange – “Boomer”

Bartees Strange has been around for a couple years now, releasing genre-fluid and often not-quite-classifiable music. Earlier this year, he embarked on a unique project, releasing Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, an EP featuring only covers of the National. (He followed it up with a couple more.) Maybe it was a good move, bringing more attention to Strange’s own idiosyncratic and gripping writing. Last month, he returned with a composition of his own, “Mustang.” Ranking amongst our favorite songs that week, it was a promising first glimpse of Strange’s forthcoming debut album.

Today, Strange is back with the official announcement of that long-awaited LP. It’s called Live Forever and it’ll be out in the beginning of October on Will Yip’s Memory Music label. Yip also mastered the album after Strange and a couple close collaborators gathered in a barn studio in Wassaic, NY to record it. Much of the album grapples with Strange’s identity — from his years in Oklahoma, to the boxes people have tried to put him in as a Black musician. Accordingly, Live Forever seems to promise the same adventurous, shape-shifting songwriting we’ve come to expect from Strange thus far.

Along with the announcement, Strange has shared another new track called “Boomer.” It’s a nervy indie track that is apparently about Strange getting high with his dad for the first time. Check it out below.

01 “Jealousy”
02 “Mustang”
03 “Boomer”
04 “Kelly Rowland”
05 “In A Cab”
06 “Stone Meadows”
07 “Flagey God”
08 “Mossblerd”
09 “Far”
10 “Fallen For You”
11 “Ghostly”

Live Forever is out 10/2 via Memory Music.

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