Charli XCX returns next month with her first album in five years, the star-studded Charli. Following collaborations with Christine and the Queens (“Gone”) and Sky Ferreira (“Cross You Out”), the future-thinking pop star is now sharing “Warm” featuring HAIM.
Not quite unlike “Miss U”, her 13 Reasons Why soundtrack contribution, today’s track plays out like a yearning ballad. “Tell me the reason why we can’t fall in love/ Tell me the reason why you won’t open up,” Charli pleads over spare synths, her voice warped by Auto-Tuning. The three Haim sisters join in later on the song’s bridge.
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In a statement, Charli explained how executive producer and PC Music leader A. G. Cook helped bring the song to life,
“It’s a really beautiful song and the idea actually came about because A. G. sent me this demo of him singing just a melody, no lyrics, but it was so beautiful, and I sat with it for ages and just played it over and over again. I really like it when A. G. sings, it’s always really inspiring to me so I wrote these lyrics, it’s about unrequited love or more just like when you are in it with someone and they are a player and you aren’t in that zone and you just can’t get on the same page. Danielle, Este and Alana came over to our studio house and they wrote their part, we were in LA when we did that and I’m just very happy we got to collaborate.”
Take a listen to “Warm” below.
Charli’s self-titled LP officially arrives September 13th through Atlantic Records. The long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Sucker also boasts guests in Lizzo, Troye Sivan, Big Freedia, Kim Petras, Pabllo Vittar, and former Artist of the Month Clairo.
Charli will promote the new album with a North American tour that begins September 20th. Purchase your tickets here.
HAIM recently made their own return with a new single called “Summer Girl”, complete with a video helmed by Paul Thomas Anderson.