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Ellie Goulding is gearing up to launch her double-sided album “Brightest Blue” on July 17. Her first LP since 2015’s Delirium, the series will characteristic contributions from the likes of Diplo, Swae Lee, and Serpentwithfeet, as well to a posthumous aid from Juice WRLD.
But as the anticipation builds, it appears to be just like the “Love Me Adore You Stop” singer can’t hang her excitement. On Tuesday (June 30), Goulding surprise-released “Slack Grenade,” a collaboration with fellow platinum blonde, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter Lauv.
Starting up with a minimal, repetitive strumming that strikes staunch into a clapping beat, Goulding’s lyrics weave a story a pair of relationship that sours, then explodes. She makes inventive exhaust of the tune’s namesake on a thundering refrain: “Slack grenade / It’s blowing up my errors,” she sings. “Easy obtained time for me to prevent it / It’s esteem a allotment of me must settle on it.”
Lauv joins in on the 2d verse, responding to Goulding’s inner musings esteem an opposing force. “Crazy, late nights within the city / Drink till you disapprove me,” he coos. “Mediate that we must switch on / But we’re too tremulous of being on my own.” The pair join on the bridge, alluding to the pain of ending a relationship constructed upon codependency (“Reduction me, my God this obtained messy”) and bringing to mind imagery of car car car car parking zone arguments and drunken, public spats (“‘Trigger we build on one hell of some degree out”). With a heartbreak yarn this nicely-rounded, it is easy to lose oneself to the pure, pop magic.
Earlier than the tune’s launch, the singers shared a candid interaction on social media. “So I’ve been interested by releasing one extra tune prior to #BrightestBlue comes out. per chance with @lauvsongs?” Goulding tweeted on Monday (June 29), tagging Lauv. To that, Lauv responded excitedly, “yayayayayayayay :)” — permission granted.