On New Album, Iggy Pop Just Wants to Be “Free”

It’s out September 6, and you can hear the title track today. 

“I wanna be free,” Iggy Pop says matter-of-factly in his new song, “Free,” also the title of his forthcoming album for Loma Vista. Free will be his first since 2016’s Post Pop Depression, the highest charting record of Iggy’s illustrious career. 

That lyric stands alone on this track, with some somber trumpet emphasizing the sentiment. In the accompanying video, a shadowy figure walks into the ocean at night, dark clouds looming on the horizon. The only thing moving is the waves, ever so slightly. 

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Of the new project, Iggy said in a press statement, “This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice… 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. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free. 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; all that you need—not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen.”

The wrinkly rockstar has been busy of late, playing a zombie in the new Jim Jarmusch film and announcing the release of both a signature coffee blend with Stumptown and a new book of lyrics. But we’re looking forward to the music most of all.

Free is out September 6 on Loma Vista. Pre-order it here and listen to the title track below. 


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