As a brief preface, I’d just like to say that I’m just about as big of a fan of The Strokes as can be, and I am of the opinion that Julian Casablancas is one of the best songwriters since the millennium turned. Is This It was one of the first non-rap albums I bought as a kid and now he can basically do no wrong in my book. That said, my over exuberance for his latest creative effort could possibly be taken with a grain of salt.
Now that that is out of the way, I was a fan of The Voidz’ first album, 2014’s Tyranny, but still acknowledge the fact that it might not be the easiest listen for anyone other than someone who shares my opinion of him. It’s a little messy (on purpose, of course), certainly rough around the edges, experimental, and a bit of a challenge to listen to. The Voidz’ new album Virtue, which was released this past Friday (03.30.18) is more of a middle ground between his work with The Strokes and that first Voidz album. In fact, I think it is a perfect medium between the two, taking the unforgettable hooks that made the former a worldwide sensation and the abrasive experimentation that made the latter such a challenge. The same nostalgic feeling is still there, but this time it’s from the future. I’m not ready to say this is better than the first two Strokes albums, that’d be crazy at this point and it is hard to imagine anything having the same enormous ripple effect on music as a whole that those two albums did, but I really fucking like how Casablancas and his friends are pushing themselves to create new things instead of recycling the formula he already knows will work. Great artists evolve and try new things, and I’m glad one of my favorites keeps pushing himself in new directions. I think this is one of the most interesting and fun albums of 2018 thus far.