Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back with their first new music in almost a decade and the announcement of a new album called Cool It Down, their first for Secretly Canadian, arriving on September 30. Today we get to hear the album-opening Perfume Genius collaboration “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World”. Karen O explains:
“I see the younger generations staring down this threat, and they’re standing on the edge of a precipice, confronting what’s coming with anger and defiance. It’s galvanizing, and there’s hope there.”
Like all of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ past greats, “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” is full of fire – but this isn’t the burn fast and quick type they used to deliver, this is slow and stately – a forest-engulfing inferno. A zombified synth and drum lurch from Nick Zinner and Brian Chase set the tone – tones tinkling on the outskirts like deadly little embers. Karen O comes out swinging, embodying the power and fury of the younger generation: “Cowards / Here’s the sun / so bow your heads.” She flips between this inspiring leader-of-men and more solemn, vulnerable moments, where she’s joined by the unmistakably gorgeous timbre of Perfume Genius, who reminds her she has to keep fighting: “wounded arms must carry the load.” Yeah Yeah Yeahs come thundering back, Zinner’s guitar in blazing form, ready to fight for this planet.