The incredible ALBERT HAMMOND JR has announced the release of his brand new album MOMENTARY MASTERS. Released on 31 July on Infectious Music, this new offering from THE STROKES guitarist is his third solo release to date and first album in over five years.
Following the release of his debut album YOURS TO KEEP in 2006 and COMO TE LLAMA in 2008, MOMENTARY MASTERS was recorded in Hammond Jr’s home in New York in a converted barn he calls One Way Studios.
It’s a record that reflects upon missed opportunities, choices made, wasted time, and paths not chosen. He calls it “a love letter to my past self”. The music might be largely buoyant with spry, breezy guitar lines locking together and dancing apart, but melancholy frequently seeps into even the sunniest of top lines. It’s a record of acceptance, too. Tucked in the songs is an exploration of the reconciliation of two halves: the best self that you present to others, and the self that slips through and lies exposed when your guard drops.
“I feel with the best songs I’ve written, as soon as I was done I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I did it’. But in that split second that it comes, that feeling goes “, explains Hammond Jr. “It’s the same thing when you find complete happiness, you find this complete low. I feel like that’s what being creative is: it’s you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.”
ALBERT HAMMOND JR recently premiered BORN SLIPPY, the first track to be taken from his new album. An official release of the track will follow on 24 July and fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the track. Listen to BORN SLIPPY here: https://soundcloud.com/alberthammondjr/born%C2%ADslippy
LOSING TOUCH, the next track to be taken from the album, also recently premiered and will also be available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the album. Listen to LOSING TOUCH here: https://soundcloud.com/alberthammondjr/losing-touch/s-2OFPO
FULL TRACK LISTING
CAUGHT BY MY SHADOW
COMING TO GETCHA
DON’T THINK TWICE
DRUNCHED IN CRUMBS
ALBERT HAMMOND JR will play a number of headline UK dates later this year as follows:
Mon 16 OXFORD Academy 2
Tue 17 MANCHESTER Gorilla
Thu 19 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
Fri 20 LEICESTER Academy 2
Sat 21 GLASGOW CCA
Mon 23 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Tue 24 BRISTOL Fleece
Wed 25 LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
Thu 26 BRIGHTON Old Market