The highly anticipated, long awaited new album from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs is finally here. Nine years after the release of their last album, the band has returned with their fifth studio effort, Cool It Down, out now via Secretly Canadian. The New York Times recently featured the band on the cover of its fall arts preview proclaiming, “The electrifying, emotional return of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. After a nearly decade-long break, the trio that helped spark New York’s early 2000s rock revival is back with Cool It Down, an expansive album that dares to imagine a bold, fresh future.” Joining forces with producers Dave Sitek, Justin Raisen and Andrew Wyatt, and mixed by Shawn Everett, the eight-track collection is an expert distillation of the band’s best gifts that impel you to move, cry, and listen closely and is bound to be a landmark in their catalogue.
Speaking about the album, lead singer Karen O said: “Music has been a lifeline for me and Nick (Zinner) and Brian (Chase) over the last 21 years, as it is for so many people. It’s a safe haven for big emotions. So in 2021 when we could be together again, all the joy, the pain, and deepest gratitude for music came pouring out of our hearts song after song.
For a lot of the songs on this record, we’re giving voice to the feelings I want to hear reflected back to me in music. It’s confrontational, and it’s emotional, and it’s addressing things that nobody wants to look at. As an artist, there’s a responsibility to do that. I know when I feel that reflected back to me, I’m so grateful, because it makes me feel less crazy and less alone in the world. That’s where music reigns. This record was a chance for us to use that superpower. This record feels like it has a different kind of urgency.
Cool it Down is out now and is in many ways our love letter to you who have been waiting hanging in there and to you who have just found us Yes! We are so happy to be back! Yes! This baby is OUT! Wait! They don’t love you like we do.”
COOL IT DOWN TRACKLIST
- Spitting Off the Edge of the World feat. Perfume Genius
- Different Today