It was only a matter of time before the fifth and final Stroke went off and did his own thing.
After Julian’s Santogold/Pharrell/Converse project, Fab’s Little Joy (with a little help from Nick Valensi), and of course Albert’s impressive solo career, bassist Nikolai Fraiture has been digging through his shoebox of ideas and rustled up an album of his own under the nom de tune Nickel Eye.
With contributions from a variety of friends including Yeah Yeah Yeah‘s Nick Zinner and Regina Spektor, plus UK indie band South (remember them?), the album ‘The Time Of The Assassins’ is out on January 26.
‘Dying Star’ sits slap bang in the middle of the album and is one of the more frenetic offerings, speeding by on an undulating wah-wah guitar current and cardboard box drums. And it might just be me (cue loads of it-is-you comments), but he kind of sounds like Damon Albarn during the chorus.
And check out Iain Baker’s show on NME Radio every day from 3pm – 7pm. He’s got a new feature called Download Of The Day, which will direct you all to a shitload more free tunes.