King of the Dogs

As I posted a few months ago, Iggy Pop has a new album coming out, now titled Prelimina -ires (French for “prelimin -ary”)– a jazz album based on the French novel Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq.

I was intrigued by the premise because I love that novel and I have always had a soft spot for Iggy and his Stooges…and now I’m even more intrigued. Iggy pushed back the release date from May 18th, to May 25th in Europe and June 2nd in the US BUT he has started a blog for the album and has posted samples of four of the album’s songs.

The first is slated to be the album’s first single. It’s called “King of the Dogs” and it shoves Iggy’s new love of jazz right in your face. Iggy rasps over an entire horn section with a voice that sounds like the action of curdling milk, which really does make you believe that he could be “King of the Dogs” despite having opposable thumbs.

The second is called “Nice to Be Dead,” a song that sounds a lot like old-school Iggy and the Stooges if they mixed their punk rock over some French horns. It’s weird at first, I will admit, but it grows on you.

Iggy even stays true to his inspiration’s French roots and sings the song “Les Feuilles Mortes” entirely in French. The song’s title means “the dead leaves,” and if my High School French serves me correctly it’s about the changing of seasons as a greater metaphor for life…and perhaps even maybe a greater metaphor for Iggy’s new artistic direction. It sounds a lot like Bowie’s “Space Oddity” mixed with a zoot suit wearing Toulouse Lautrec in the Moulin Rouge.

The last sample on Iggy’s blog is a song called “He’s Dead/She’s Alive,” which sounds a lot like 1980/1990 Bob Dylan…though maybe I just have Dylan on the brain lately. It’s a very bluesy jazz sound with a bit of folk mixed it, and oddly, it sounds terrific with Iggy’s deep baritone gurgle.

I’m now officially pretty upset that the release date got pushed back because every other new album that I’ve been waiting for (Bob Dylan, Neil Young…) ended up being really good. I’m beginning to think that no terrible music will come out this summer…though Dave Matthews new disc comes out on June 2nd, too, and I feel like that will epically suck, at least suck in terms of a Dave album anyway.

June 2nd–Iggy Pop goes French and Jazz. This is going to be good, and if it ends up not being good, at least it will be interesting.

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