On June 2nd, Roger Waters will return with his first new solo rock album in 25 years. As we detailed in an article posted yesterday, Is This the Life We Really Want? spans 12 tracks recorded with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Atoms For Peace drummer Joey Waronker, and Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius, among others. A press release describes the album as “unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times,” and that’s certainly the case for the newly revealed first single, “Smell the Roses”. “Wake up and smell the roses/ Close your eyes and pray this wind don’t change/ There’s nothing but screams in the field of dreams,” Waters sings over a bed of psych-rock-inspired wizardry made famous by his old band.
Roger Waters premieres gripping new single “Smell the Roses”