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The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas announces solo album

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We know what guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and drummer Fabrizio Moretti have been up to in the years since the Strokes released their last album, 2006’s First Impressions of Earth — and now we have word on frontman Julian Casablancas: he’s finishing up a solo debut, scheduled for release this fall on Cult Records/RCA.

According to his publicist, eight tracks for the album, entitled Phrazes for the Young, were written and recorded over the last year in L.A., New York, and Nebraska (home to longtime Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis, who contributes here).

Track titles include “River of Brake Lights,” “Glass” and “Ludlow St.”; Casablancas will reportedly announce a limited set of live appearances Stateside, before embarking on a full solo tour later in the year.

Watch the preview on his site, and tell us what you think of his new effort. Very spooky and atmospheric, no? Kind of an instrumental Brian Eno/Moby/Postal Service vibe going on, not at all the usual Strokes-ian garage-rock jangle:

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