If you can get Future Islands front-growler Samuel T. Herring to sing on your record, you should absolutely do that. Lately, people seem to be figuring that out. A few weeks ago, Herring showed up alongside Earl Sweatshirt to sing the hook on Gangrene’s “Play It Cool.” Now, Herring has teamed up with Du Blonde, the British singer-songwriter formerly known as Beth Jeans Houghton. Herring shows up near the end of “Mind Is On My Mind,” a cluttered and skittering weird-pop song from the forthcoming album Welcome Back To Milk. It is a very strange song, and he sounds great on it. Below, listen to the track and read a statement about it from Du Blonde.
Du Blonde writes:
I wrote “Mind Is On My Mind” on the back of a motorbike riding down the Pacific Coast Highway in LA and had to remember it all the way from Topanga to Malibu. I was interested at the time in writing songs with no repeating sections, but rather a succession of acts. A couple of months later, Sam and I took a trip out to the desert and came back to LA to make some music. I played him the track and he got in the booth and ad-libbed his lyrics over the instrumentation. He was done in like one or two takes. When I was back in London I’d become obsessed with these Middle Eastern and Greek guitar scales and I added the lead guitar in the outro as a contrast to Sam’s vocals.
Welcome Back To Milk is out 5/19 on Mute.