It's probably more than coincidence that ever since Julian Casablancas branched off from The Strokes
in 2013 to start The Voidz
, the former band has had a level of difficulty hitting the charts and releasing music like they once used to, while the latter is gearing up for the release of their second full-length album over that same time span. The shoes left by The Strokes are certainly too big for The Voidz to hope to ever fill, but while the future of any new music by The Strokes is "years away, if at all" according to guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., then at the very least we can enjoy what The Voidz are giving us in the interim.
The third single from The Voidz upcoming album Virtue
has dropped today, with plans to release the album sometime in late-March. The song, titled "Pointlessness", follows the singles "Leave It In My Dreams" and "QYURRYUS" and is set to be the album's closing track. In comparison to its predecessors, "Pointlessness" is an abrupt departure from the noisy indie-electronica sound cultivate in the first two singles, though that shouldn't come as much of a surprise given The Voidz proclivity for experimental sounds and song structures. "Pointlessness" instead opens with a meandering and melancholic synth line over which Casablancas waxes sorrowfully about mortality and purpose. That's not to say the track is overly morbid though, as there's a certain "je ne sais quoi" that makes it feel like it's not an overindulgent pity party.
That feeling is only further supported midway through the track as a spirited drum pattern kicks in before devolving into an 80s prog-wave overture, with the real cherry on top coming from a thundering crescendo and fiery solo outro. It's as if the existential insightfulness of Bowie collided with Ty Segall's blase hard rock stylings before crashing down to earth together. And with its introspective musings and last-gasp burst of energy it will certainly be a solid closer for the upcoming album.
is out March 30 via RCA Records.