'Preliminaires' due in stores 18 May, is "a quieter album, with some jazz overtones," he explains in a video posted on his website to announce the project.
"At one point I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music and I've started listening to a lot of New Orleans-era (...) jazz," he says. "And I've always loved quieter ballads as well."
The album themes and texts have been inspired by Iggy's reading of controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq.
"[The book] is about death, sex, the end of the human race, and some other pretty funny stuff."
‘Preliminaires’ means foreplay in French, and Iggy Pop explains that the album indeed has been done especially for France and French-speaking people.