Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has leaked “11th Dimension,” the first full recording to be released from his solo album Phrazes for the Young, out Oct. 20. The track — which you can hear below, or at his MySpace page — is four minutes of unadulterated dancefloor pop that sound nothing the Strokes have ever committed to tape.
To be clear, that’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s quite possibly the catchiest song any Stroke has ever recorded.
Debuted live on August 31 in Tokyo, where Casablancas unveiled the album with a six-piece band, the track’s jagged mosaic of electronic beats and bright synthesizer bursts fall somewhere between the bubblegum radio pop of ’80s radio queens like Stacey Q and latter day New Order.
And while the chorus’ paeans are a bit Strokes-y, content wise, in their laments of urban nights gone awry — “Forgive them even if they are not sorry / All the vultures who left us at the door waiting” — the song’s imbued with an undeniable and quite lovable air of optimism.