Mykki Blanco Announces New Album ‘Stay Close to Music’, Shares New Single Featuring Kelsey Lu

    Mykki Blanco has announced a new album called Stay Close to Music. The follow-up to 2021’s mini-album Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep lands on October 14 via Transgressive and includes the early singles ‘Your Love Was a Gift’ and ‘Family Ties’ as well as guest spots from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Sigur Rós’ Jónsi, Devendra Banhart, and more. They’ve also shared the new single ‘French Lessons’, which features Kelsey Lu; ANOHNI also appears on the album version. Check out its Felix Kalmenson-video below, and scroll down for the LP’s cover artwork (by Frank Dorrey) and tracklist.

    “The song is a reflection on the possibility of true love, on the notion that one truly can experience what we see in the Hollywood films,” Blanco explained in a statement. “The song is also this ode in a way to Lou Reed. I’m not what I would consider a singer at all, I’m a talk singer so I look to people in history who have that same style: Tom Petty, Jonathan Richmond of the Modern Lovers, Lou Reed – these are all AMAZING ‘talk singers’ and I feel comfortable in that style vocally. The song was originally composed by FaltyDL and it encapsulated so much sonically of what I was trying to articulate with my own music. FaltyDL has a way of touching on the spiritual subtleties of life. He is able somehow to create mystery out of banality, to create tranquility and fill a room with zen-like vibrations, something unnameable and yet so familiar a feeling.”

    Of collaborating with Kelsey Lu, Blanco added: “Kelsey Lu, I’m sure will go on to become one of the legendary artists of my generation. A classically trained virtuoso with a voice that sounds ancient like a bell ringing for the first time, like something out of a Greek odyssey. I have been a long-time super fan of Kelseys and collaborating with her on this song has been a very special moment for myself and FaltyDL.”

    Stay Close to Music Cover Artwork:

    Stay Close to Music Tracklist:

    1. Pink Diamond Bezel
    2. Steps [feat. Saul Williams and MNEK]
    3. French Lessons [feat. ANOHNI and Kelsey Lu)]
    4. Ketamine [feat. Slug Christ]
    5. Your Love Was A Gift [feat. Diana Gordon]
    6. Family Ties [feat. Michael Stipe]
    7. Your Feminism Is Not My Feminism [feat. Ah-Mer-Ah-Su]
    8. Lucky
    9. Interlude
    10. Trust A Little Bit
    11. You Will Find It [feat. Devendra Banhart]
    12. Carry On [feat. Jónsi]
    13. French Lessons [Single Version] [feat. Kelsey Lu]

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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