When Jack Antonoff started Bleachers, he was on a world tour with his band fun. and had no intention of starting a solo project. Yet he felt compelled to create new music, as true artists often do—music that was modern, yet evoked the same spirit and emotion as those of the ’80s and the attitude of the early ’90s, a time when classic pop music was unapologetic—and found himself forgoing sleep for some studio time. Soon, he realized he had an entire album’s worth of material.
He built upon those original sessions, finding what worked and what could be improved upon. Lyrically, Antonoff admits that he still focuses on the same themes he always has, like the loss of innocence, losing friends and family, and finding love. In terms of the rhythm, though, the indie musician cites classic John Hughes movie soundtracks as his biggest influence.
The LP Strange Desires comes out today, and it’s fundamentally a layered album, filled with complex, purposeful guitar rifts and deep bassnotes. Each song tells a specific story, but all will have you dancing around your room like you’re a member of the Brat Pack.
Check out the slideshow to see what track goes with which Hughes film, then plan a listening party and movie marathon, preferrably poolside.