Eclectic avant-garde pop artist serpentwithfeet announced his return today with a new track featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
"Receipts" is a soft-spoken, minimalistic love song, layered with the tightly wound acapella harmonies 30-year-old Josiah Wise has honed since the beginning of his career. "This song carries a lot of weight for me because it's a snapshot of two brothers rhapsodizing about unforeseen romance," the singer said of the track.
The track itself flows in a similar cadence as the singer's previous work. The melody is soothing and inviting, with Wise's voluminous voice pushing the song along, each verse cascading into the next. Ty Dolla $ign is a perfect fit for the slow-burn track and holds his own without overpowering the song's main attraction. "I began writing 'Receipts' when I first moved to Los Angeles last summer," The Brooklyn-based singer said in a statement. "I was and still am mystified by the city—the mountains, the men, the hummingbirds." While it's unclear if "Receipts" will appear on a larger body of work, it's nice to hear the unassuming talents of Josiah Wise back in action.
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The playwright and AIDS activist died at 84.
Larry Kramer, AIDS activist and artist, passed away today at 84.
Kramer was known for his books Faggots and The American People, as well as climate-changing plays like The Normal Heart. His close friend and literary executor, William Schwalbe, told CNN that Kramer died of pneumonia."Larry made a huge contribution to our world as an activist but also as a writer," said Schwalbe, who had known Kramer for 57 years. "I believe that his plays and novels, from 'The Normal Heart' to 'The American People' will more than stand the test of time."
Would you ever pair these two together?
Artist 1: Clams Casino, this guy from New Jersey who's already got quite the cult reputation for his collaborations (some credits: A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Lil B's lusher tracks) and for his own work (Instrumentals is more than well worth checking out), and who's already got a really distinctive sound, spacey and lush.
Artist 2: Florence and the Machine, British purveyors of drama, Pre-Raphaelitism, big-ass vocals and bigger-ass drums, whose album Ceremonials is a little gothy, a lot kitschy and as far from lo-fi as you can possibly get; completely awesome if you're into this thing, baffling if you're not.
You wouldn't necessarily predict this collaboration, right? It isn't completely implausible, but you'd probably guess about 500 different combinations before this one. Well, it exists, for "Never Let Me Go," and the result works quite well! Clams' atmospherics suit Florence well; the remix's fairly recognizable as something he produced, but it also gives Florence's voice the amount of foggy drama it demands. Listen below.