Iggy Pop and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) have just announced their collaborative project Post Pop Depression, a self-funded album which was recorded in secret and is set to be released this March through Concord/Loma Vista records. As a taster, they have offered up the second track off the album, ‘Gardenia’. It essentially sounds like an 80s Bowie track, which makes sense when you consider their extensive collaborative history, with Bowie contributing to the production of Iggy Pop’s The Idiot and Lust For Life. Fittingly enough, Homme stated that he wished to puck up from where these previous records left off, “without copying them”.
If ‘Gardenia’ is indicative of the rest of the album, it is hard to consider it a progressive step in Iggy’s discography. That said, it is a good track by virtue of the fact that it sounds like a Bowie song and embodies much of what people want from a rock’n’roll track; it is slinky, slightly seedy and powerful.