The bold new single from The Strokes‘ new LP, The New Abnormal has lived up to that name. The single from the New York indie rock group is a distinctly un-strokesy synth-drenched ballad.
With no drums, and featuring an almost cinematic buildup, it pushes the band in a new, unfamiliar direction. Gone are Julian Casablancas’ high pitched vocals which featured heavily on Comedown Machine, as is the distortion that characterized their first two albums, Is This It? and Room on Fire.
At The Door almost draws inspiration from the fan favorite track “Ask Me Anything” from First Impressions of Earth, with perhaps a bit of Phrazes for the Young dashed in too.
I was at The Strokes new years eve show in Brooklyn, where I heard several other songs from the new LP. They were similarly laid back, but did feature somewhat more of a recognizable Strokes sound.