Poté has teamed up with Damon Albarn for the genre-defying ‘Young Lies’, which swerves and serves countless emotions throughout the kaleidoscopic track.
The London-based, St Lucia born Poté released his debut album, Spiral, My Love, back in 2018. He returned in February with ‘Open Up’ and has now gifted us the new single ‘Young Lies’. For the track, Poté sought out the assistance of Albarn to create a thunderous effort that blends a plethora of cultures on the same track from Poté’s Caribbean background to his raving days of young adulthood, and Albarn’s sunken vocals add another layer of ardour to the song.
“I love it when tunes evolve like this one”, Albarn commented of the collaboration. ‘Young Lies’ isn’t the first time the two have worked together, with Gorillaz previously recruiting Poté to create a remix of their 2018 track, ‘TRANZ’. He then took part in Albarn’s Africa Express project’s album in 2019, EGOLI.
The original collaboration between Albarn and Poté came through Gorillaz producer Remi Kabaka Jr, who put them both in touch, with ‘Young Lies’ showing their partnership’s progression.
The track is the lead single from Poté’s upcoming sophomore album, A Continuous Tale Of Lies, which cultivates his different backgrounds together and is a thematic record that he envisioned for a pre-apocalyptic setting.
“I wanted to write something that can live on stage without me being present,” Poté said in a statement. The upcoming record is about the human reaction to an apocalypse and tells the stories of different individuals contrasting emotions of the apocalypse.
A Continuous Tale Of Lies is also the first-ever release from Bonobo’s OUTLIER imprint and is available on June 4th.
The charm of ‘Young Lies’ derives from the vibrant, energetic beat which erupts the song into life in contrast with Albarn’s hollowed, anxiety-inducing vocals and Poté’s hushed tones.
There’s a battle going on throughout the song between the high-octane backdrop and the vocals, which exhibits the differing emotions that Poté successfully executes across the theatrical track.