Linkin Park’s future may be undecided, but fans will at least have Mike Shinoda’s solo work to look forward to. The band’s co-founder announced Thursday his debut album, Post Traumatic, and dropped a single off it, “Crossing a Line.”
As you’d expect, the album is inspired by the tragic death of Chester Bennington. But “Crossing a Line” isn’t a dark, anguished anthem in the Linkin Park mold. Far from it. Over a slick pop-meets-electronic production, Shinoda turns inward, reflecting on what the suicide of his former bandmate meant—and still means—for him.
“[The album] is a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” Shinoda said. “If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone. If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.”
The 16-track Post Traumatic will drop on June 15. In the meantime, check out “Crossing a Line” here: