Yeah Yeah Yeahs have returned with a new single called “Burning.”
The track comes from their forthcoming album, Cool It Off, out September 30th via Secretly Canadian. Produced by Andrew Wyatt, inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Frankie Valli’s “Beggin’.” “Burning” is all about a night when Karen O was 19, and she had gone out for a drink with her roommate. When they returned, they found their apartment caught up in flames because she forgot to put out a candle. All of her electronics were destroyed, but her sentimental goods were saved.
“But oddly enough the items that held the most sentimental value remained intact like sketchbooks, a favourite sweater with hearts across the chest, and photographs,” Karen O explains. “I had photos of my parents in their youth where the fire burnt around the two of them as if there was some intangible force field protecting them, many photos like that, mysteriously leaving the beloved subjects untouched. If the world is on fire I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life.”
Listen to “Burning” below.
“‘Burning’ is a song about that feeling,” Karen O continues. “Begging to cool it down, just doing it the best we know how.”
Cool It Off serves as Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ first new album in a whopping nine years.
In addition to “Burning,” the forthcoming album features their Perfume Genius collab, “Spitting Off the Edge of the World.”