Young the Giant recently shared “Amerika” from their upcoming album Home Of The Strange, which will be out August 12, 2016 via Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic. The album was produced by Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko) and Grammy-Award winning producer Jeff Bhasker serving as the album’s Executive Producer. Pre-orders for the album start on April 29.
The song “Amerika” was inspired by Franz Kafka’s posthumously published and unfinished novel of the same name. The members of the Los Angeles quintet are all sons of immigrants, with a majority of the band being first or zero generation Americans. They can relate to Kafka’s story of Karl, a sixteen year old who flees Germany under uncertain circumstances. He becomes a stowaway on a ship headed to New York and the book tells the tale of a bizarre coming-of-age story of a boy caught between the cultures of two worlds, struggling to belong.
The band says of the song “We find ourselves searching for our own ethics in between the often-contradictory beliefs of this polarized American Modern Age and those of the romanticized cultures of our forefathers. Our perspective is irreversibly tinged with this rhetoric of the immigrant conscience and guilt. ‘Amerika’ explores the contradictions of our psyche and America at large. Searching for the American Dream is to lust for excess, power, sex. There is wonderment. There is disappointment. On this rollercoaster ride, we realize that when we achieve our goals, they often leave us more hollow than before. Behind it all, we just want to feel at home, to belong, and to be loved.”
Young The Giant have released two previous albums: their eponymous debut in 2010 and Mind Over Matter in 2014. The latter album made a Top 10 debut on the Soundscan/Billboard 200 chart and received critical acclaim. The album spawned the Top 5 Alternative Radio hit “It’s About Time.” The 2010 self-titled debut album featured the RIAA-gold certified smashes, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.”
More songs from Home Of The Strange will be available soon.
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