Iggy Pop returns with haunting single, “Free”

    He’s also announced a new album.

    Iggy Pop Free
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    Iggy Pop has released “Free,” the title track of his forthcoming 18th solo album. It’s also his latest song since his 2018 collaboration with Underworld.

    The track is an ambient slow-burner, with trumpets and horns billowing over droning synths to create cinematic soundscapes. Punctuated by a spoken-word refrain of Iggy declaring “I wanna be free,” the song teases a new sonic direction for the prolific musician.

    Free follows 2016’s Post Pop Depression, and is described in a press release as a “uniquely somber and contemplative entry in the Iggy Pop canon.” It also features contributions from jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas and guitarist Noveller.

    “By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. […] I wanted to be free,” Iggy explained in a statement.

    “I know that’s an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing […]. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen.”

    The new record arrives September 6 via Loma Vista/Caroline International. In the meantime, listen to “Free” below: