Albert Hammond Jr announces new solo record, Momentary Masters

by Eric Van Dril · 50 comments

Albert has announced a new solo record, titled Momentary Masters, which is slated for a July 31 release in the United States. It will be released on Vagrant Records — not Cult Records.

Vagrant posted an article about the making of Momentary Masters. Here’s ‘Born Slippy’ from the new record.

01 Born Slippy
02 Power Hungry
03 Caught By My Shadow
04 Coming to Getcha
05 Losing Touch
06 Don’t Think Twice
07 Razors Edge
08 Touché
09 Drunched In Crumbs
10 Side Boob

And the album cover:

And the tour dates:

(via @shesfixing)

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1 Dia May 12, 2015 at 6:53 am
2 Barny Butteli May 12, 2015 at 7:09 am

Kinda weird it’s not being released by Cult.

3 Frankenstein May 12, 2015 at 7:20 am

I know what’s up with that? He’ll probably have more budget with vagrant records

4 Alan May 12, 2015 at 8:18 am

Oh god the track is awful.

5 Mateja May 12, 2015 at 9:53 am

Big fan of his first two records, but this doesn’t sound good to me, sorry.

On another topic, I enjoyed this very much
This guys had already covered Reptilia before, but it is actually a pretty good version, and the interview talking about it (and Julian impersonation (?)) it’s also very interesting.

6 Sean May 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

Damn that’s not a good song. Also chorus riff is straight from marquee moon. Albert’s songs don’t seem very thought through

7 Daniel May 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

I don’t know if it’s wishful thinking or sound reasoning but I’ve had a feeling for a while that TS might play Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco since they seem to be playing lesser known festivals, if you will. With Albert announcing a San Francisco date on October 16, which is the Friday before the festival, does anyone else think this is a possibility?

On topic, I was also surprised to hear that Albert’s new album won’t be released on Cult, especially since Albert mentioned a couple of times how enthusiastic Julian was about his stuff, and I do believe Julian even suggested or advocated for a full LP after AHJ.

Hopefully we can preview some more songs sooner rather than later since the iTunes link only gives you a sample of the already released Born Slippy.

8 HB Colchado May 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

I hope he gets more aggressive tunes on the 3rd album… Something like Cooker Ship or Rude Customer…
Born Slippy could be the most pop sounding tune…
So was St. Justice which was also my least favorite of the EP in comparison with the other songs….
Not all Albert Songs may be good but I think his are way better in comparison with Jules solo…
I know opinions are irrelevant when attaining a form of substantial fact or truth…but…
Jules solo was mediocre… although the Voidz stuff is bad ass…
Dont jump into any conclusions yet, this album could be a surprise…
We should all be glad he is still jamming out outside of the strokes…

9 Hmm May 12, 2015 at 11:11 am

Was thinking Born Slippy would have been a cover of Underworld’s.

10 wilson May 12, 2015 at 11:34 am

Sooooooo….. I think I’m the only one who really likes this new song. Sounds like a Albert and Vampire Weekend collaboration. The song is growing on me more and more. The instrumentals are so funky and the melodies are playful. And if it is a rip off, well that chorus is pretty damn good. Love the bridge too. Even though I was excited to see Alberts records release on Cult because of their intentions, all I hope is that Vagrant records gives him the same amount of freedom in production. With how much fun it looked like Albert and Julian were having at Shaky Knees, it would seem everything is cool. Thanks for posting this, I’ve already bought tickets to the Pittsburgh show.

@HB Colchado
Can’t believe you don’t like St. Justice, but to each their own. I’m definitely glad to see Albert continuing to create his own music. I am Pro-solo records for The Strokes, it seems healthy at this point.

11 Human Radness May 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I’ve sort of given up on enjoying Albert’s solo stuff at this point. I’m glad he has his fans but aside from a few songs from his first record his music does nothing for me.

12 Jalal May 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Song is really good. Glad he’s doing this; hope he gains a lot of original, non-Strokes fans.

13 SteveSpoon May 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

This isn’t bad, but its not amazing either. Can’t say I’ve been a fan of Albert’s stuff since his first album, but I’m glad he still releases stuff!

@ Hmm

First thing I thought too! Kind of weird how he picked a pretty iconic and unique song title.

14 Mikey May 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I mean it’s okay I guess. Nowhere near what Julian has been doing lately, though.

15 Miguel May 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm

I like it! The guitar work is awesome! Cool to see that they’re all doing stuff it makes me even more excited for a strokes record…Cant wait for momentary masters too! Anything from any strokes member gets me excited

16 Ahora May 12, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I like the song. I’m a fan of Gus Oberg’s production especially in regards to guitar tones. Now I can’t say the same thing about the red “beat it” style onsie with the side zippers Alberts been sporting lately. The jury maybe out on his sobriety in regards to that fashion choice.

17 Murr May 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm


I am pretty sure Albert just watched Delirious and is now envious of Eddie Murphy’s great fashion sense

18 JS May 12, 2015 at 5:53 pm

I find it curious that Friday, September 11th is an “open” date on Albert’s tour. Could The Strokes be playing Riot Fest in Chicago? I’m wishing . . .

19 Rxgc May 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm
20 Ahora May 12, 2015 at 6:54 pm

@murr Hahahahaha. Wtf man. To each their own, but Albert deserves a roasting over the onsie. He looks like a Devo reject.

21 Strokesy May 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm

This song isn’t that bad. Heck off to war and take me in your army are bigger stinkers then this. But Julian is so much more handsome then Albert oh that’s right all you have to do is sit there look great and make em horny.

22 AutomaticStop May 12, 2015 at 8:23 pm

It’s a decent first song. I’ll definitely give the album a shot.

23 Roger Sterling (From Mad Men) May 12, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I love it. Alberts music has always had a special place in my heart…and his personality and style is def consistent.
Intro, simple, lays out the song
Vague empowering one liners that are so relateable. “there are more of us than there are of them, everytime you stop I began”..”Oh the things we say, taking back yesterday”..
At 1:00 and it switchces to the chorus..that’s so Albert.
Around 2:20 those yelling vocals were awesome! Omg..seeing that live…
Guitar part becomes increasingly more complex as it goes on, to the point where it’s soloing for the last portion of the song while he’s still singing.
At 2:30, the instrumental breakdown and build up is so cool!
Then around 2;50 and he goes into the speech talk…nice contradiction. Adds more complexity.

It’s like a mix of Alberts lovable X-factor with 90’s pop, and way cooler guitar, and the increasing feeling the entire song….just the higher level of songwriting really sets it apart from that genre though

To compare…Albert Hammond Jr is more like Classical Music, ,and The Strokes are more romantic..

To say..Albert is very symmetrical and sticks to form…It can be in the background. The Strokes can’t…they capture the attention. Both have a place.

Totes love the song.

A cool melodic chant at the end…typical of Albert. A

Over all, I say he’s got a formula, and he’s expanded on it. Yours to Keep and AHJ were my fav of his work and I’m very excited to here Albert’s more mature album.

24 80sCM May 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

The song’s not bad, but hoping for some more interesting tunes like he had on AHJ. Still, wait for the full album before you judge (don’t count out “Side Boob”). He’s definitely had time to develop as an artist since his last album.

Disappointed it’s not being released on Cult. I’d be interested to find out why, but I’m sure it’s for practical reasons, rather than Albert not wanting to release on Cult.

I’m excited about any Strokes side projects, but I can’t help wandering how much TS have been working on new material with all the time they’ve been spending together recently. No matter what, I’m excited about where things are right now.

25 Ze Stroker May 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Nowhere near perfect but still decent and with some really likable guitar work.

26 David May 12, 2015 at 11:06 pm

I actually liked this quite a bit. Not as much as my absolute favorite songs on AHJ or Yours To Keep (didn’t like his second album one bit), but still pretty good. Looking forward to more. The guitar work is awesome, and that’s probably the thing I focus most on in music, so that might have something to do with it.

Pretty much all I’ve been listening to for the last month is AHJ, Tyranny, Comedown Machine, and a bunch of Iron Maiden, which I just recently got into. Iron Maiden has amazing guitar work. I’m sure you all know that already, but it was news to me.

27 Human Radness May 13, 2015 at 4:32 am

I was seeing a few comments on The Strokes reddit page that Cult is barely staying afloat and that the Voidz tour hurt them financially as well. Anyone know how much truth there is to that?

28 Soma May 13, 2015 at 6:45 am

That seems very plausible with this sudden string of festival shows

29 Strokesy May 13, 2015 at 6:46 am

@Human Radness While just rumors, The voidz did cancel the Australian and Asian tours. All of a sudden the Strokes are playing more shows and likely working on new material. When just a few months ago people were speculating the Strokes were done and after that last Julian interview some were saying maybe Julian was going to do something outside of music. Perhaps the Strokes releasing their next album on Cult could be just what the doctor ordered.

30 ivey May 13, 2015 at 6:56 am

cult doesn’t have the money to promo/release a strokes record lol they can barely make it with the voidz even tho jc is throwing the car commercial/festival money into the label

31 More Etti! May 13, 2015 at 6:59 am

Does anyone have a video of UCOD from Big Guava?

I was at the show (such a blast) and I remember Julian singing the “everyone is singing the same song for 10 years” and adding a “but not anymore” right at the end of it.

32 Valley Longhorn May 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

I’m surprised with so many negative/critical comments regarding AHJ’s recent releases…I think AHJ EP was amazing and I’m digging this new song…I’m biased because I prefer Albert’s solo stuff over any other Stroke side project… Also, Albert recently said One Way Trigger was going to be one of his solo songs but he decided to use it on Comedown Machine…

33 Valley Longhorn May 13, 2015 at 8:12 am

@Strokesy I hope The Strokes don’t release their new LP on Cult…I know it would be odd since Cult is Julian’s but I think they struggled greatly with Tyranny release… I don’t think that small operation could do Strokes LP #6 the promo, vid, tour, merch it deserves

34 Strokesy May 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

@Valley Longhorn Tyranny has a lot of interesting tracks but it was underwhelming to a lot of people. With the way the guys started performing live with little practice, the buzz created was a negative one. My point is the failings of Tyranny was the result of music not the business side of Cult. Strokes all working together, and with a killer 1st single; Strokes 6 is too good of an asset to pass up. Then again what the hell do I know, pure speculation.

35 Peter May 13, 2015 at 10:14 am


Wow, I doubt it but that would be awesome. Literally just made my day, I’m down the block from where Riot Fest is.

36 Peter May 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

I think, and this is me purely just thinking out loud, The Strokes really don’t want to or need to promote their next album. They have their fan base, they will sell out wherever they play. They can get it done by half assing because of fans like us….or am I wrong, lol?

37 Jake May 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

I imagine AHJ’s new stuff will grow on me. Just like his EP and second album, I think this will take several plays for me to get into. I think his EP and first album are great, the second one is a little too ‘soft’ for me at points (not Spooky Couch, which is awesome.) Also, his stuff performed live on this last tour (saw him at Stubb’s which was insane) was way, way cooler than on record. It made me appreciate the records more, but he definitely had an awesome edge to his live performances. The stuff he played from his second LP was a lot more rock ‘n roll than it sounds on record. I’m hoping this new material will be the same.

38 asd May 13, 2015 at 11:50 am
39 80sCM May 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Remember all the problems Cult had with the Tyranny orders and the vinyl? I would love to see them release Strokes VI, but they’re way too small of a label at this point. If it’s true that they’ve been hurting, then that’s probably the reason Albert switched labels and why Julian’s doing the car commercials, promotional things, etc.

40 John Kimbel May 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

These tour dates mean that the Strokes aren’t playing Riot Fest in Toronto. God damn it. They might still be able to play the first Chicago date though.

41 Roger Sterling (From Mad Men) May 13, 2015 at 7:12 pm

I definitely think The Strokes should release on Cult…or at least another indie label, and someone Julian is friends with so he gets what he deserves.

The stress of the whole business aspect of it could possibly compel him to work harder, or just put him off the whole thing.

The Tyranny tour definitely was a blow to the finances…Everything was so cheap and they were giving stuff away. There’s a reason Jack White did a handful of shows and charged 60$ a ticket.

Releasing on ones own record label though is an enormous accomplishment, and adding The Strokes to Cult would be one of the most extraordinary transitions I’ve seen a band make.

@Cult Naysers-Look how well Comedown Machine was promoted/toured etc etc for by RCA…they didn’t do shit. I think Cult could do better.

I wouldn’t doubt that another label offered Albert more money, so he took it. I’m sure he doesn’t want to come off even CLOSE to being needy towards Julian after the whole hiatus.

Valley-I wouldn’t doubt OWT was an Albert song, because at FYF he really turned it on when playing it and became more animated.

42 earth without art is eh May 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Upbeat, sweet but not as catchy as his previous stuff. His vocals sound clear and great. I like it, not the most exciting track but not bad at all.

43 JP May 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

the guitars are actually pretty sick in this song. They are doing a cool back and forth thing.

44 JS May 14, 2015 at 11:07 pm

@ Peter, if The Strokes are on Friday, then I think it is a pretty good bet to see The Voidz on Saturday.

@ John Kimbel – Unfortunately Albert’s dates conflict with Toronto’s Riot Fest. However, their dates are open for Denver Riot Fest which are at the end of August.

45 ObiWanCannoli May 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Can, can I just ask … What the fuck is “born slippy”? What does this mean????!!!!!!

46 ObiWanCannoli May 15, 2015 at 10:58 pm

I don’t know, slippy to me is walking on ice on high heels. I… I just can’t take this serious with this song title. This is a “master”? C’mon …. Really? Born Slippy? Is anyone else scratching their head?

47 ObiWanCannoli May 15, 2015 at 10:59 pm

I am losing sleep over this.

48 chicadoro May 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

@ ObiWanCannoli

I’m sure most of us scratch our heads over song titles, Albert’s included. That’s part of the attraction. Maybe he will elaborate.

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