Iggy Pop To Release ‘Jazz’ Influenced New Album

Préliminaires is out in May

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Iggy Pop is to release a new Michel Houellebecq-inspired jazz album called Préliminaires on May 18.

Iggy Pop says the new material the sound he hears when he reads Houellebecq’s The Possibility Of An Island. On his website, a video message says: “[The book] is about death, sex, the end of the human race, and some other pretty funny stuff […] I read the book with intense pleasure when it came out, and in my mind, I created music that would have been the music that I would hear in my soul when I read this book”

The quieter album with ‘jazz overtones’ came about, as Iggy explains also: “At one point I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music and I’ve started listening to a lot of New Orleans-era, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz. And I’ve always loved quieter ballads as well.”

‘Preliminaires’ means Foreplay in French, and Iggy Pop sings in French on a cover of Jazz standard “Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)”, previously performed by Edith Piaf.

Other titles include “King Of The Dogs”, a tale about a dog named Fox and
a jazz and bossa nova standard “How Insensitive.”

The album’s artwork will be created by French/Iranian graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi who Iggy met when working on the Academy-award nominated movie ‘Persepolis.’


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