The void may be less monolithic than it appears. Last week, Julian Casablancas and his new band the Voidz shared “Human Sadness,” the first preview track from their upcoming album Tyranny, due out September 23 via the Strokes frontman’s Cult Records. That song, an 11-minute transformation of an earlier musical sketch of the same title that appeared in a 2014 documentary called The Unseen Beauty, dramatically reshaped the confines of what Tyranny might be. Earlier today, BBC 6 premiered another track from the album, “Where No Eagles Fly,” which condenses the synth-punk twists and turns of the previous track into a more fevered and familiar shape.
The new song, which Casablancas and the Voidz have been playing live, is still an evolution from the singer’s previous work, putting his full-throated howls between Kraftwerk-ian blips here and thickly seething, industrial-grade distortion there. But after “Human Sadness,” from the man whose band once named an album First Impressions of Earth, “Where No Eagles Fly” is more like a satellite crashing back into the atmosphere.