The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has announced a new solo album called Melodies on Hiatus.
The record, Hammond’s fifth full-length effort on his own, arrives June 23. You can listen to lead single “100-99,” featuring hip-hop artist GoldLink, now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming on YouTube.
“I grew up listening to ’90s hip-hop, and I would always gravitate towards the melodic hooks in the songs I heard on the radio, specifically anything Dr. Dre was producing or rapping on,” Hammond says. “Years later, I noticed myself pulling from the style of those melodic lines in my guitar work, even though it wasn’t obvious to anyone else as I was so directly associated with being in a rock band.”
He adds, ‘”100-99’ was something I’ve wanted to do for some time — work with a rapper over a beat and guitar part I wrote — and it’s really exciting that I was able to do it with GoldLink.”
Melodies on Hiatus also features guest spots by Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.
Hammond is playing a run of U.S. solo shows in September. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit AlbertHammondJr.com.
The Strokes’ most recent album is 2020’s The New Abnormal.
Here’s the Melodies on Hiatus track list:
“100-99” feat. GoldLink
“Thoughtful Distress” feat. Matt Helders & Steve Stevens
“Memo of Hate”
“I Got You”
“Caught by Night”
“Remember” feat. Rainsford
“I’d Never Leave”
“Alright Tomorrow” feat. Rainsford
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