The Strokes have released their new single, “Under Cover of Darkness,” as a free download on their website today (Feb. 9). The first taste of fourth album “Angles,” due out Mar. 22 on RCA, will be available as a free download for 48 hours.
At 3:53, “Darkness” sounds like a juiced-up version of the band’s 2001 single “Someday”: a sunny guitar lick and simple rhythm support frontman Julian Casablancas’ high-wire vocal performance. “I’ve been all around this town/Everybody singing the same song for 10 years,” the singer wails before launching into the harmonic chorus.
The song displays the Strokes’ ” classic sound” that bassist Nikolai Fraiture said would define “Angles,” the New York rock group’s first album since 2006’s “First Impressions of Earth,” in an interview with BBC Radio 1 last month. Fans can download the song for no charge until Friday (Feb. 11), when the song will be made available on iTunes and Amazon.
Nearly a month after the release of “Angles,” the Strokes will head to Coachella to headline the final day of the festival (April 17) alongside Kanye West. The band has also been confirmed to play Spain’s Benicassim Festival in July and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival in August.