“Strange Tidings” the new video is the third from his acclaimed AHJ EP, out now on Cult Records. A teaser for the video is available via Cult Records. The video was shot in Paris with director Laurent Briet during Hammond, Jr.’s recent European tour.
AHJ was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Gus Oberg and recorded at Hammond, Jr.’s two studios, Broome Street in Manhattan and One Way Studios in upstate New York. Of working with Oberg, Hammond, Jr. says “I’ve been working with him since my first solo project, after we met and became best friends. We get along and we understand each other musically, so everything just flows.” Hammond, Jr. played all of the instruments on the EP himself, excluding drums on several tracks, which were played by longtime collaborator Matthew Frank Romano.
Since the release of ¿Cómo Te Llama?, Hammond, Jr. has released two critically acclaimed albums with The Strokes, 2011’s Angles and this year’s Comedown Machine. Of his inspirations for AHJ, Hammond, Jr. said, “Once you play music for a living, you’re always thinking about stuff. Conversations with friends and things you hear in movies—things come up and become lyrics. Hearing other people’s songs becomes like competition—you hear something and mentally you want to beat it. Life in general is pretty inspiring.”