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October 12, 2009

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Julian Casablancas

11th Dimension

This little lovable dance rock piece is by none other than The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, who is releasing his debut solo album Phrazes for the Young in the start of November. 11th Dimension, the first single from the record, can—unlike the rock-ish tracks by The Strokes—actually be classified as some form of pop.

What we’re talking about is an absolutely dominating organ riff that will sweep you off your feet. ‘Nuff said. And if you peel that off for a second, you’ll find a very addicting blend of drum beats, percussion and bass that will indisputably accompany you all the way to groovyland. There is no shadow of a doubt that this track can be characterized as one big milkshake of pure love—one that gets your feet tapping, even in these increasingly cold times.

But that’s not the only very noticeable thing about this single. If you turn a blind eye to the rocking musical parts (and that’s hard) for a second and take a good peek at the lyrics, I found that they were very intriguing. At first glance, they seem to be more or less trivial thoughts, but I have a suspicion that there is a broader meaning when you look at the bigger picture. Like big ideas camouflaged as small thoughts. This apparent triviality is interesting. In the soup of lyrics are derivatives of typical information age culture and behaviour (“I got a mind full of things/I need to go somewhere real fast”), and other lyrics seem like tips for the listener, however hazy or otherwordly they might be (“your faith has got to be greater than your fear”).

As a debut single, this seems very promising. Even when the dude is with a big well-known band. I can’t wait to see what other phrases for the young will travel to our ears once we can start listening to the album. Until then, you’ll be trapped in another dimension if you don’t check out this auspicious wonder!

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