Album cover artword for Yeah Yeah Yeahs with red vinyl popping outKaren O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase – AKA indie-art-rock darlings Yeah Yeah Yeahs – have announced their fifth album, and delivered its huge first single. The song features Perfume Genius and comes with a clip that’s part The Stand, part Fury Road, all brilliance. 

Titled Cool it Down, the record is due to arrive late September, and Karen O gifted us this statement (in all its run-on glory) about the album’s creation:

“To all who have waited, our dear fans, thank you, our fever to tell has returned, and writing these songs came with its fair share of chills, tears, and euphoria when the pain lifts and truth is revealed. Don’t have to tell you how much we’ve been going through in the last nine years since our last record, because you’ve been going through it too, and we love you and we see you, and we hope you feel the feels from the music we’ve made. No shying away from the feels, or backing down from what’s been gripping all of us these days. So yes we’ve taken our time, happy to report when it’s ready it really does just flow out.
“The record is called ‘Cool It Down’ which is snagged from a lesser known Velvet Underground Song. I told Alex Prager whose photo graces our record cover that her image speaks to sweeping themes in the music and sums up how I, Karen, feel existentially in these times!”

The single is Spitting Off the Edge of the World, and it’s just bloody gargantuan; you’ll know precisely what we mean within its first few seconds.

“I see the younger generations staring down this threat, and they’re standing on the edge of a precipice, confronting what’s coming with anger and defiance,” Karen says of the track. “It’s galvanising, and there’s hope there.”

Watch below.

Cool it Down by Yeah Yeah Yeahs is out September 30, including on JB-exclusive red vinyl (pictured abve right), via Secretly Canadian.

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