Bartees Strange teams with Will Yip for debut album, shares new song “Boomer”
Genre-defying artist Bartees Strange has been dropping promising singles (and National covers) for a while, and now he finally announced his proper debut album. It's called Live Forever, it was recorded with Brian DiMeglio and mastered by the great indie/punk producer Will Yip (Code Orange, Say Anything, Touche Amore, etc), and it's coming out on October 2 via Yip's Memory Music label (pre-order).
"I’m often the only Black guy in the room when I’m playing in a band or working in a studio and I’ll be honest, I don’t think the engineer always knew what I wanted to capture, what I was trying to do or what I was referencing," Bartees says. "I wanted a space where I could be in control of how it was gonna sound, and have people there to check me that I trust."
The album includes his recent single "Mustang" and his 2019 single "In A Cab," as well as the just-released "Boomer." This one finds Bartees basically rapping on the verses, until the song turns into palm-muted pop punk, and eventually erupts into explosive art rock. Bartees connects it all seamlessly, making "Boomer" yet another very promising taste of this LP. It comes with a Britain Weyant-directed performance video with Bartees on every instrument, which you can watch below. Artwork and tracklist below too.
4. Kelly Rowland
5. In A Cab
6. Stone Meadows
8. Flagey God
10. Fallen For You