By Denise Beltran
The long awaited arrival of Tyranny by Julian Casablancas + The Voidz was finally released September 23, 2014 with a late night performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Earlier in the month fans were teased with the eleven minute track “Human Sadness” which gave them a glimpse into the fascinating mind of the recently turned 36 year old. Tyranny is the follow up album from 2009’s Phrazes for the Young and is on Casablancas label, Cult Records.
“Human Sadness” sounds like a wonderful cacophony of sounds that fall into place and its startling eleven minutes do nothing to bring the song down. From the beginning to end the song is intriguing with the most quoted lyrics being “beyond all ideas of right and wrong there is a field, I will be meeting you there.” Human Sadness has a euphoric sound with synthesizers being heard throughout the song and muffled vocals and random bursts of noise.
“Where No Eagles Fly” has a more gritty punk sound to it with a fast paced tempo. The music video was released September 9, 2014 and was directed by Jeramy “Beardo” Gritter and features Casablancas and The Voidz in snippets of footage that looks like it was shot underground. “Where No Eagles Fly” incorporates an 80’s punk rock sound with an electronic keyboard sound as well as a guitar riffs that mirrors The Replacements and Husker Du.
Tyranny is a compelling album that focuses on the destruction of our assimilation into society. This album is suppose to be all the risks Casablancas wish he could have taken following the success of Is This It? With its raw integrity and engaging tracks Tyranny is something you won’t be able to get out of your head.