Iggy Pop has shared his new single ‘Sonali’. The track is taken from the star’s upcoming album Free, which will be released on 6 September and follows 2016’s widely-acclaimed Post Pop Depression.
‘Sonali’ finds Pop intoning, “To park the car/We must find parking/On the freeway/Stay in your lane” over dragging, jazzy beats and eerie keyboards. You can check ‘Sonali’ out below.
Speaking about Free earlier this summer, Iggy Pop described it as “an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice”.
He continued: “I know that that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing; all that you need – not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen.”
In a new interview with The New Yorker, Pop also discussed the impact being in The Stooges had on him, saying: “For a long time, I wasn’t doing that well on the industry side of things. There weren’t that many people coming to shows—sometimes there were very few people. I’m more cat than dog when it comes to how comfortable I allow myself to get, let’s put it that way. The phone rings; I get offered work. And, you know, there’s always my Apple stock. I have taken pains to diversify outside of the music industry.”
The New Yorker described Free as Pop’s “most surprising record in decades”, and one of his most collaborative. “I began to recoil from guitar riffs in favour of guitar-scapes and from twangs in favour of horns, from back beat in favour of space, and, in large part, from the effluent of my own mind and problems, in favour of trying to interpret the poetry of others,” he writes in the album’s liner notes.
Free is out on 6 September and can be bought here.