Yeah Yeah Yeahs Share ‘Burning’ Single

Hear the latest 'Cool It Down' single.

By Nate Todd Aug 10, 2022 12:54 pm PDT

Yeah Yeah Yeahs released a new single, “Burning.” The song is set to land on the trio’s forthcoming album, Cool It Down, set for release on September 30 via Secretly Canadian.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chaseannounced Cool It Down in early June and shared the single “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” featuring Perfume Genius. The subject matter on the group’s first new studio album in nine years deals with the environmental crisis and the new single, “Burning,” saw Karen O reflecting on a scary brush with fire when she lived in New York City as well as her recent experience living in Los Angeles and the wildfires there in 2020:

“Back when I was 19 living in the east village, one night a roommate dragged me out of the apartment for an impromptu drink across the street, I left a votive candle burning on a plastic yaffa block which in my absence set flame to my room. Within an hour and a half of having one drink down the block firefighters had come and gone extinguishing the fire, I came home to find that a natural disaster had occurred (to my room) and most of my stuff, lost in the flames. All electronic goods were melted and demolished like my laptop, cameras etc. but oddly enough the items that held the most sentimental value remained intact like sketchbooks, a favorite sweater with hearts across the chest, and photographs. I had photos of my parents in their youth where the fire burnt around the two of them as if there was some intangible force field protecting them, many photos like that, mysteriously leaving the beloved subjects untouched.

If the world is on fire I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life. ‘Burning’ is a song about that feeling, smoke signals for the soul. Begging to cool it down, just doing it the best we know how. Nick and I nodded to Frankie Valli’s ‘Begging’, with the line ‘oooh lay your red hand on me baby.’ We’ve cut a rug to many a soulful sixties bangers in our day, it was in our DNA by the time we wrote ‘Burning’.”

Stream “Burning” below:

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