Crafted from the decades of experience and ideas Iggy Pop has collected.
Label: Rekords Rekords / Loma Vista / Caroline International
Released: 18th March 2016
When you first hear that Iggy Pop and Josh Homme are attached to a project, your mind goes to a place filled with furious, riff-filled guitars and thrashing drums. But these two names also have the ability to compose songs that are both complex in instrumentation and also filled with lyrics that entwine prose and poetry to form a unique, albeit sordid, romanticism.
The first look at this supergroup – Matt Helders and Dean Fertita are also involved – came with the track ‘Gardenia’. It’s a full on 80s-esque, sleazy flirt with a female protagonist, and is also a good descriptor for the majority of the album. Considering the sessions began with Pop sending Homme poetry and song ideas, they managed to develop this into an album that would befit Pop’s Berlin era, without seeming like a disastrous facsimile. ‘Sunday’ could almost have been cut from Pop’s eventual breakthrough album ‘Lust For Life’, and album opener ‘Break Into Your Heart’ features Homme’s trademark strutting guitar lines. Another track that has a Homme/QOTSA inspired feel is ‘Vulture’, with its Western influenced guitar and sporadic riffing.
This album isn’t for the fans of ‘Stooges’ era Pop. It utilises spoken word and slow, stomping drums twinned with thick bass lines instead of brash, fast paced punk. But it complements just where Pop is in his career now. There’s no sense that this is throwaway, everything is crafted using the decades of experience and ideas he’s collected, and when combined with Homme’s modern approach, it equals something you wouldn’t expect but can nevertheless enjoy. Steven Loftin