Albert Hammond Jr to release new solo album Melodies on Hiatus June 23

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Melodies On Hiatus, the new solo album from acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr of the Grammy-winning group The Strokes, is slated for release on June 23 via Red Bull Records—pre-order it here. Today, the first track, “100-99” featuring GoldLink, debuts alongside a video directed by Angela Ricciardi and Silken Weinberg—listen here and watch here.

“I grew up listening to 90s hip-hop, and I would always gravitate towards the melodic hooks in the songs I heard on the radio, specifically anything Dr. Dre was producing or rapping on,” Hammond Jr says about the new track. “Years later, I noticed myself pulling from the style of those melodic lines in my guitar work, even though it wasn’t obvious to anyone else as I was so directly associated with being in a rock band. ‘100-99’ was something I’ve wanted to do for some time—work with a rapper over a beat and guitar part I wrote—and it’s really exciting that I was able to do it with GoldLink.”

“When we first met with Albert, it was clear we were all on the same page: we wanted to have fun and we wanted to experiment with simple concepts that tell a deeper story,” Ricciardi and Weinberg say about the video. “The album is 19 tracks, it's sprawling but interconnected in a special kind of way, and we wanted to maintain that visually as well. The five videos we made for Melodies on Hiatus take place in a series of rooms all within one larger space, different scenes that string together one very long night. Throughout the entire process, Albert was so open and kind, he trusted us, and it cultivated a really pure, almost psychedelic environment.”

Additionally, Hammond Jr confirms a run of headline shows in the U.S. in September, with stops in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Artist presale begins Thursday, April 6 at 10am local time, with general onsale beginning the next day Friday, April 7 at 10am local time—see full routing below and get tickets here.

Featuring contributions from GoldLink, Steve Stevens, Matt Helders and Rainsford, the album was co-written remotely with Simon Wilcox, mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, M83, Metric, Chromeo) and mastered by Dave Cooley (Paramore, Spoon, Tame Impala, Jimmy Eat World,).

With over 150 million lifetime streams, Hammond Jr has released four solo albums—Yours to Keep (2006), ¿Cómo Te Llama? (2008), Momentary Masters (2015) and Francis Trouble (2018). His critically acclaimed work has been covered by top tier outlets including NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and many others. He's also performed on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and at several major festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Primavera Sound and more.

1. 100-99 feat. GoldLink
2. Downtown Fred
3. Old Man
4. Darlin’
5. Thoughtful Distress feat. Matt Helders & Steve Stevens
6. Libertude
7. Memo of Hate
8. Home Again
9. I Got You
10. Caught by Night
11. Dead Air
12. One Chance
13. Remember feat. Rainsford
14. 818
15. Fast Kitten
16. I’d Never Leave
17. Never Stop
18. False Alarm
19. Alright Tomorrow feat. Rainsford

September 14—New York, NY—Racket
September 15—Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 16—Windham, NY—Cave Mountain Festival
September 20—San Francisco, CA—Bimbo's 365 Club
September 21—Los Angeles, CA—El Rey Theatre