Posts Tagged 'Julian Fernando Casablancas'

New Music Tuesday

I’m back!  Can you believe November is half way over and Thanksgiving is creeping up on us?  I know everyone is excited to have a couple days off to eat, drink, relax and yes, listen to some great new music tunes!  This week’s pick Phrazes For The Young by Julian Casablancas gives you another great option while you sit around the house eating that leftover turkey leg.

Julian Fernando Casablancas (born August 23, 1978) is a solo artist, vocalist, and is better known as the chief songwriter of the American rock band The Strokes.  He is the son of John Casablancas,  the founder of Elite Model Management, and Jeanette Christiansen, a Danish model.

Casablanca’s musical success  all started as the frontman for the popular rock band The Strokes releasing three albums with them, Is This It (2001), Room on Fire (2003), First Impressions of Earth (2006).  As The Strokes main songwriter, he has the greatest influence on their sound and is known to be extremely cautious with it. While Casablancas composes on a variety of instruments, he uses the keyboard to write complex arrangements that he later transposes to fit The Strokes’ guitar-driven lineup.  His vocals feature a distinct delivery as well as a wide range in pitch. His signature vocal style combines elements of sing-speak and soul, and is heavily influenced by  Robert Pollard, Lou Reed, and Ian Curtis.

Fast forward to late 2009 with the release of Julian Casablanca’s first solo album title Phrazes For The Young.  It is a peculiar album which is just 8 songs long but is cleverly compact with ideas.  The albums first single is 11th dimension and released on November 3rd, 2009 in the U.S.  It is a rekindling in a fresh way culminated by Casablancas + synths which are bracing and thrilling.  The lyrics, “Your faith has got to be greater than your fear” and the slurred, drunken chorus offer the song liveliness.  The song’s Out of the Blue lyrics “Somewhere along the way,” are reminiscent of a Johnny Cash song.  It is very catchy and you will definitely find yourself singing along to this tune.

My top picks are:

11th Dimension

Out Of The Blue

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