The Strokes’ “One Way Trigger”

(Brian Valdizno/treeswingers)

Julian, where’d you get that voice from? (Photo: Brian Valdizno/treeswingers)

Rumors have been swirling around a possible new Strokes album since last summer. It was stated, then denied, then confirmed, then unsubstantiated, then left a little unclear. Today we know at least one song has been produced.

“One Way Trigger” is a wholly surprising piece–from its seemingly random emergence to its unexpected sonic makeup. A speedy synth snatches you into a strange new world.  We then meet with an unfamiliar woman whisper-singing in a Strokes song?  No, wait! It’s Julian Casablancas, as he’s trying his damnedest to get us into bed with a new Timberlake-esque vocal approach. While this first verse in falsetto borders on the comedic, the track almost immediately opens up to that familiar NYC garage-bred place: scorching guitar licks, whiskey-voiced Casablancas, and the feel of a classic Strokes composition. Restricting the falsetto to the chorus throughout the remainder of the song, the lead man ensures that there’s still a little freshness as they approach their fifth studio album–the final guaranteed release on their current RCA deal.

The Strokes – One Way Trigger (download)

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