Yeah Yeah Yeahs Release New Single ‘Burning’

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released a new song, ‘Burning’, the second preview of their upcoming album Cool It Down. The track, which follows the Perfume Genius collaboration ‘Spitting Off the Edge of the World’, was produced by Andrew Wyatt, and, according to a press release, was partly inspired by the Four Seasons’ ‘Beggin’’. Check it out below.

    Karen O had this to say about ‘Burning’ in a statement:

    Back when I was 19 living in the East Village, one night a roommate dragged me out of the apartment for an impromptu drink across the street. I left a votive candle burning on a plastic yaffa block, which in my absence set flame to my room. Within an hour and a half of having one drink down the block, firefighters had come and gone, extinguishing the fire. I came home to find that a natural disaster had occurred (to my room) and most of my stuff lost in the flames. All electronic goods were melted and demolished, like my laptop, cameras, etc. But oddly enough, the items that held the most sentimental value remained intact, like sketchbooks, a favorite sweater with hearts across the chest, and photographs. I had photos of my parents in their youth where the fire burnt around the two of them as if there was some intangible force field protecting them — many photos like that, mysteriously leaving the beloved subjects untouched.

    If the world is on fire, I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life. “Burning” is a song about that feeling, smoke signals for the soul. Begging to cool it down, just doing it the best we know how. Nick and I nodded to Frankie Valli’s “Beggin’,” with the line “oooh, lay your red hand on me, baby.” We’ve cut a rug to many a soulful ’60s bangers in our day; it was in our DNA by the time we wrote “Burning.”

    Cool It Down is out September 30 via Secretly Canadian.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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