oday, LA-based artist Dijon shares a new song. “The Stranger” is a rap-inspired posse cut of a folk song that is simultaneously light-hearted and cinematic in scope, featuring John C. Reilly, Tobias Jesso Jr., Sachi, Dan Reeder, and Becky and the Birds in a revolving door of star-studded collaborators.
Dijon says of the song: “I always wanted to make a duet and couldn’t; got drunk and started what I wanted to be one, then had friends at the house and they sang harmonies while I slumped over embarrassingly trying not to throw up from the booze. This strange idea of creating a bizarre posse song, similar to a scenario by A Tribe Called Quest or something, but with guitars. Different voices on the same guitar loop was intriguing and I asked people I knew if they wanted to try it. Eventually Jack, Henry, and I randomly threw names in a hat of who would seem really strange and fun on it; mostly people we’d never heard on a song or on an album together. I am very appreciative that these people gave this a chance.”
“The Stranger” is Dijon’s first release since his cover of Chaka Khan’s “sweet thing” in June and the May release of his critically-acclaimed EP, How Do You Feel About Getting Married?, which included “Jesse,” Vice’s #15 pick on their 100 Best Songs of 2020 list. He also revealed his collaboration with Charli XCX entitled “pink diamonds” from her new album How I Feel Now earlier in the year. How Do You Feel About Getting Married? builds from the Americana-tinged, R&B palate Dijon introduced on his debut EP Sci Fi 1, and NPR declared the project “a new peak in cerebral, soul-slicing honesty.”