OP-EX: The Strokes – Future Present Past


The Economix welcomes Marta Poplawski thoughtful friend and vibe connoisseur, for the second installment of the OP-EX series. This is a segment where Economix readers can get outside perspectives on some of the best music out in the world today. Enjoy Marta’s take on The Strokes’ new EP:

The Strokes need no introduction. Albums like Is This It and Room On Fire revolutionized the world of angsty, garage rock as we know it. While the band has been quiet since its release of Comedown Machine in 2013, rumors of new work surfaced as the band was announced a headliner of Governors Ball. Yesterday, The Strokes first released a single off this rumored EP, and then hours later (surprisingly) streamed the whole work on Spotify. (embedded below).

The EP consists of only three songs (and one remix by the band’s drummer), yet it seems to be just enough to show that The Strokes are as good as we remember. For long time fans, it brings back memories of their oldest and most identifying work – a simple yet intoxicating riff, intertwining guitars, and concise, meaningful lyrics (“Untame me, its not my midlife yet”). We even hear Julian Casablancas ad-libbing a bit, adding to the effortless effect of the whole thing.

While it at first may appear like any other Strokes album, the band challenges their style, adding layers to the EP – they play around with the use of bass, ranges of vocals, even adding psychedelic elements. Pay close attention to this detailing, especially in Moretti’s remix of “OBLIVIUS”, that adds depth to an already intense song.

The EP leaves you wanting more, of course, but it suffices. If you’re a dedicated fan like myself, enjoy. If you’re a new listener, I encourage you to explore the evolution of their older works. The Strokes have yet again shown that they remain on top for a reason.

BONUS: Check out this video of The Strokes discussing just about anything but their work…

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