With just a few weeks to go until the release of her newest EP, 18-year-old multi-platinum pop singer-songwriter GAYLE has given fans another sneak peek by way of her latest track fmk.
Teaming up with genre-shifting singer blackbear, the track is a playfully-chaotic example of the two artists at their fun-loving best, leaning into the pop hooks and slow-burning, anthemic instrumentation to craft an instant classic.
Speaking to Rock Sound recently, GAYLE explained how the track came together, revealing how it had originally begun life at a writer's camp where a friend of hers had first penned it before passing it her way.
"I kind started thinking like, 'Oh, what if this was like a duet?' 'Cause it was the love song and there isn't necessarily a lot of relationship songs on the next project," she explains. "And it's also a love song, but it's also a very toxic love song, which that's me. [laughs]
"And I adore blackbear. I mean, how can I not? He has just been like a god to me ever since I was, I mean, I was probably like 13 or 14 when I heard his music for the first time. And to even think, to do a song with blackbear was like [amazing].
"I remember I had the opportunity to send it to him and I was so nervous 'cause I was just like, 'he's not gonna do this. He's not gonna do this. And that's okay, but I'm just gonna submit it'," she adds. "And I did it. And then he was like, 'no, I'm down', and I was like, 'excuse me?'"
Alongside its release, the track also comes accompanied by a hilariously homicidal animated video, which utilises the talents of Belgian director Chris Ullens (Rex Orange County, Poppy) to utilise model animation and heavily stylised violence to craft a cute yet disturbing and immersive visual.
The new track follows on from the release of GAYLE's recent single, god has a sense of humor, which arrived back in August to critical acclaim across the board. That single in turn served as a follow-up to the likes of indieedgycool and standalone single Ur Just Horny.
GAYLE is set to release her upcoming EP, a study of the human experience volume two, on 7th October, which follows on from the release of volume one back in March.