Listen Mykki Blanco shares new track ‘Family Ties’ featuring R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe

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The track follows on from last year’s mini-album ‘Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep’.

Mykki Blanco has shared their first new material of the year in the form of a collaboration with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe.

The new track, ‘Family Ties’, follows on from last year’s mini-album ‘Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep’ and marks a first taste of Mykki’s next project.

Speaking of the track itself, Mykki has said: “’Family Ties’ is the first song where I sonically found my voice and I mean that in a very literal way. It’s the first song in my entire career where I am singing, I don’t rap. I wrote this song about the relationship between my ex-boyfriend and his father that has had bouts of mental illness. When the person you love is going through a situation that you can’t alter in any way, or help or be active in trying to correct it not only hurts them but it hurts you. I think the core meaning of this song is compassion in the face of helplessness.”

The song also comes accompanied by a stark black-and-white video, which was directed by Kit Monteith, and features an appearance from Michael Stipe himself.

“[Executive producer] Falty DL and I took a shot at the moon - I sent him the song because it felt as if in some alternate universe Michael Stipe had already created it.” described Mykki of their collaboration. “His willingness to perform and be a part of this meant the world to me. I hope to just keep making good art and attracting meaningful circumstances and people that make this life and making music worthwhile. This on so many levels was one of those moments.”

Watch the video for ‘Family Ties’ below.

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