MUSIC: Iggy Pop’s New Album 'Post Pop Depression' May Be His Farewell to the Music Industry


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The punk pioneer collaborates with members of Queens of the Stoneage, Artic Monkeys, and The Dead Weather for his 17th (maybe final) album. Iggy Pop has enlisted the talents of some alt-rock heavy hitters on his forthcoming album, Post Pop Depression, out March 18th via Loma Vista Records. Joshua Homme, founding member of Queens of the Stoneage, co-wrote and produced Pop’s 17th album and lends guitar, bass, piano, and backing vocals to the tracks. Accompanying him are Arctic Monkey’s drummer Matt Helders and guitarist Dean Fertita of Queens and The Dead Weather. Take a pinch of each of these band’s sounds, mix in the inimitable, effortlessly cool croon of punk icon, Iggy Pop, and you get a record that finds a sweet spot between dark and delicate. While Pop has decades of both mainstream success and indie street cred under his belt, the lyrical reflections on Post Pop Depression don’t seem to come from someone who feels famous or who embraces titles like “icon,” “genius,” “legend,” and the "godfather of punk." Pop sings, “I’ve shot my gun, I’ve used my knife… this hasn’t been an easy life,” and proclaims, “I have nothing but my name,” on ‘American Valhalla.’ In true Iggy Pop fashion, the album is laden with badass imagery of desolate highways, “cheapo” motels, and death-hungry vultures “chewing dead meat.” Pop is 68-years-old and sounds just as rebellious as he does wise with lines like, “when you get to the bottom you’re near the top, the shit turns into chocolate drops.” Post Pop Depression Pop and Homme began brainstorming through text messages initially. Pop told NPR that he wanted to work with Homme because, “He can compose, which is different than songwriting, but he can also write a song. He knows his way around a memorable lyric and then there was some "emotive music," I would call it, on the last Queens album ... and that's what I wanted to do… I wanted to make a record where I did something other than shout.” The pair took off to Joshua Tree to compose the entire project in isolation and secrecy ― a bit of a musical love story resulting in the offspring Post Pop Depression. The closing track, ‘Paraguay,’ is arguably the best example of what Pop set out to do. It features some of the most powerful moments on the album, opening with Iggy Pop and Homme singing soulful acapella harmonies and ending with a raucous finale in which Pop lambastes internet addicted phonies (and can’t help but shout). Pop told Noisey, "I feel like I'm closing up after this,” when asked about his career plans after the new album and tour. If that is in deed the case, Post Pop Depression is a fine way to end an era.  
Credits Words by Christie Sentner Images sources Elizabeth Weinberg/The NY Times 


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