Punk legend Iggy Pop has released his new album, Post Pop Depression, via Loma Vista Records. You can stream the full thing above, via Spotify.
The 9-track LP was recorded at California's Rancho De La Luna studio, and was co-written by Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who's also credited as the producer. As you can see on the album cover, the band is rounded out with Queens of the Stone Age's multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Troy Van Leeuwen (QOTSA) and Matt Sweeney have joined the group for live performances.
In a recent interview with Noisey, Iggy alluded to the fact this may be his last album, while leaving the door open for future opportunities: "I feel like I'm closing up after this. That's what I feel. That's my gut instinct... To really make a real album, you really have to put everything into it. The energy's more limited now. I may be surprised..." Music blogs are making a big deal out of this, but we've seen many star musician say they were retiring and continue making music long after that. Below, you can watch the Noisey interview:
Iggy Pop's old running mate David Bowie recently died at the age of 69 after releasing his 2016 LP Blackstar. Iggy is currently 68 years old, and he's pushed his body to the limit as a pioneer of the violent punk rock stage show during concerts for decades.
We selfishly hope this isn't Iggy's last album. If it is, then he's going out strong. Post Pop Depression captures real emotion with a wide range of styles executed perfectly. The biggest weakness on the album is that the lyricism isn't all that captivating or original, but it isn't bad either and there are certainly some good one-liners. It's mostly mellow, but there is still an edginess to it.
The sound is a very cool mix of the rock aesthetics you'd expect from Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age, with some Arctic Monkeys AM drumming and backing vocals thrown in. The songs may seem formulaic at times, but the formulas work. There are also some pleasant surprises that keep things fun and interesting.
Post Pop Depression is currently available on Amazon.
Iggy and Josh have also scheduled 2016 world tour dates in support of the upcoming LP. For more information about that, as well as Iggy Pop's latest music and news, check out his Zumic artist page.