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Less than a week after announcing his sophomore album Gone Now released under his band Bleachers, Jack Antonoff has dropped the album’s second single, following the high energy “Don’t Take The Money.”
The follow-up to 2014’s Strange Desire is set to be released on June 2 and will feature the new single “Hate That You Know Me,” featuring a chorus of vocals from Carly Rae Jepsen and Sam Dew.
The new single marks the latest offering from Jepsen and Antonoff’s professional relationship. The two previously wrote songs together for Jepsen’s 2015 critically hailed Emotion, though these tracks didn’t make the final cut.
Before that, Jepsen had lent her vocals to Antonoff’s first album under the Bleachers moniker for the song “Shadow.” Now Jepsen is back in the studio working on her follow-up to Emotion and will hopefully include the tracks she and Antonoff are reportedly writing together.
Antonoff announced the new Bleachers disc last week with a series of tweets that revealed the tracklisting by changing the marquee on hotels and storefronts around the singer’s New Jersey hometown.
— bleachers (@bleachersmusic) April 13, 2017
Antonoff premiered “Hate That You Know Me” on Beats 1 Radio today with Zane Lowe, where the two discussed how the new track came to fruition.
“I was in the studio and Julia [Michaels] came by and we were just kind of hanging out, it wasn’t even a planned thing which I think sometimes in the best way to work, and we were messing around and I had this concept for a very long time I wanted to write a song about,” said Antonoff. “Cause the song is very upbeat, but it’s actually a very devastating concept, which is when you love someone you can f**king hate it because you can’t escape yourself. When you’re alone you could walk by a mirror and just walk right by and just be like ‘I’m fine, I’m fine’. But when you’re with someone in a relationship you can’t escape who you are, they’re constantly showing you. So this lyric ‘I’m out of my head, I hate that you know me so well, I wish that I wasn’t myself’ just over and over. And Julia was just kind of like ‘just say that, just say that’ and I just started saying it and then her and I just started being like ‘sometimes I just…’ and then it just started clicking in my head. Cause that’s my favorite thing. It’s like I want people somewhere in the world dancing and somewhere in the world weeping in bed at the same time.”
While discussing his upcoming Bleachers album, which in addition to Carly Rae Jepsen and Sam Dew will also include Organized Noise, Antonoff touched on another singers’ work, specifically his collaborations with Lorde.
The New Zealand artist, who lends her vocals to Antonoff’s lead single “Don’t Take The Money,” co-wrote her upcoming sophomore disc Melodrama with Jack. “We’ve worked so hard on that we wrote and recorded for two years we have the same belief system with this,” said Antonoff of working with Lorde. “We don’t hate pop in the mainstream, we hate mediocrity. I think Ella [Lorde] and myself had this rare experience. Our most successful stuff wasn’t dumb, it was stuff no one said would work so we’re both just looking down that alley thinking how do we stay on that road.”
Although Lorde debuted two new songs from Melodrama over the weekend, including “Sober” and “Homemade Dynamite,” Antonoff stayed mum when asked about his favourite song on the upcoming disc. “There’s one song she’d murder me if I gave the name away of,” joked Antonoff. “When she announces the track listing I’ll come back and tell you, but it feels like the future. It feels like both part of this album and hints at where she could go from here.”
Check out the full interview below and click here to hear Lorde’s new tracks “Sober” and “Homemade Dynamite.”