Hear Blondie with Dev Hynes on New ‘Long Time’ Single
The Pollinator record, due May 5, finds Blondie working with a star-studded array of collaborators — many of which hail from younger generations of artists influenced by the band's classic work, a mingling semi-sarcastically referred to by frontwoman Deborah Harry as "a celebration of recycling." Among that group of guests, which includes Johnny Marr, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Nick Valensi of the Strokes, Sia, and Charli XCX, is Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, who contributed to "Long Time."
The pairing, which reunited Hynes and Harry after she added vocals to a track on Blood Orange's Freetown Sound LP, resulted in a vintage burst of Blondie pop, with a driving, synth-assisted arrangement that hails back to the band's most commercially successful era while still feeling fresh. "I've been running circles round a night that never ends," sings Harry. "I've been chasing heartache in a city and a friend/ I've been with you so long, even seen you lose/ But who cares?" According to the press release announcing the track, the throwback feel wasn't an accident; as the band puts it, "Long Time" "channels a deliberate echo" of their 1979 hit "Heart of Glass."
As previously reported, Blondie will support the Pollinator LP with a summer tour. The band's scheduled to return to the road July 5, when they're booked to deliver the first in a series of co-headlining dates with Garbage that have been dubbed the "Rage and Rapture Tour."
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