“11th Dimension” (Streaming)

    Julian Casablancas’ solo album, Phrazes for the Young, is only a month away, and he has leaked a track from the album on his MySpace page. The record is a mini-album, containing eight songs, and is the first time he has embarked on a major project away from the Strokes (apart from this collaboration with Pharrell and Santigold).

     

    The sound of “11th Dimension” is overtly poppy, with Casablancas using a heavily synthesized backing that marks a distinct break from the guitar oriented formula of his other band. It sounds like a big summer hit, so it’s somewhat baffling that he’s releasing it now, but at least it demonstrates that the singer hasn’t lost the knack for writing infuriatingly catchy pop songs.