Published May 29, 2019Julian Casablancas is turning away from the Strokes again to return to the Voidz, but this time he's roped in none other than Mac DeMarco and Kirin J. Callinan for a new song.
Track is called "The Eternal Tao," which was produced by DeMarco and Callinan. But if you were expecting some Is This It garage-pop, get ready for disappointment.
"The Eternal Tao" is as far from that as you could ever get, emerging as an insanely cheesy, vocorder-heavy dance track that would sound right at home on Eurovision.
But in the words of the legendary Forrest MacNeil, is it any good?
In a statement, Jacob "Jake" Bercovici of the Voidz had this to say of the song:
One weekend in April we somehow ended up Mac's house in Silver Lake, and he and Kirin recorded 2 songs we'd been working on. Mac has really dialed his rig and his signal chain is incredibly tasteful. It was interesting to hear ourselves in a foreign sonic atmosphere, because we didn't bring any of our own gear. Also the songs weren't really fleshed out at all, and it was great to have their insights and energy injected into the process of finishing them. They're a dream team to be the studio with. Basically a lot of time fucking around, hunting for tones and vibes that felt cool, sanding down the stones into something more well kempt. We wound up doing a few takes of each song, and then everyone had to leave town the next day. Then we sent it off to the great Ben Baptie to mix & master. Initially, "The Eternal Tao" was born out of some chord and melody ideas Julian brought to the band a few months ago, and everyone put their own input and flavor spins on it and it became its own twisted LSD tinged Nigerian Disneyland of sorts.
Listen to "The Eternal Tao" for yourself down below.