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Yeah Yeah Yeahs unveil new song "Burning"

10 August 2022, 17:05 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released new track "Burning" as the second taster of their first album in nine years Cool It Down.

In June Yeah Yeah Yeahs returned with details of their first album in nine years Cool It Down, and teamed up with Perfume Genius on the lead single "Spitting Off the Edge of the World", and this afternoon they've released a second track titled "Burning".

Karen O says of the new outing, "Back when I was 19 living in the east village, one night a roommate dragged me out of the apartment for an impromptu drink across the street, I left a votive candle burning on a plastic yaffa block which in my absence set flame to my room. Within an hour and a half of having one drink down the block firefighters had come and gone extinguishing the fire, I came home to find that a natural disaster had occurred (to my room) and most of my stuff, lost in the flames. All electronic goods were melted and demolished like my laptop, cameras etc. but oddly enough the items that held the most sentimental value remained intact like sketchbooks, a favorite sweater with hearts across the chest, and photographs. 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," Karen O continues. ""Burning" is a song about that feeling, smoke signals for the soul. Begging to cool it down, just doing it the best we know how. Nick and I nodded to Frankie Valli’s "Beggin'", with the line "oooh lay your red hand on me baby". We’ve cut a rug to many a soulful sixties bangers in our day, it was in our DNA by the time we wrote "Burning"."

Cool It Down will follow Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 2013 album Mosquito.

"Burning" is out now. Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Cool It Down album will be released via Secretly Canadian on 30 September, and is available to pre-order now.
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