Hear Chromeo’s Surprising New Song, Featuring Ezra Koenig

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April 17 2014 2:34 PM

Hear Chromeo’s Surprising New Song, Featuring Ezra Koenig

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Chromeo and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig are lovesick on "Ezra's Interlude."

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

As Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo prep the release of their fourth album, White Women, out next month, they’ve previewed the album with a slew of songs, including the excellent Toro y Moi-assisted “Come Alive.” Today, Dave 1 and P-Thugg join forces with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig once again for a surprise duet, aptly tiled “Ezra’s Interlude.”

As expected given the title, it’s brief—just under two minutes long. More surprising, however, is its slow-paced sentimental vibe: Essentially, Koenig and Dave 1 sing heartfelt verses about unrequited love and  “never wanting to be the last to know.” It’s the polar opposite of the jubilant disco-friendly dance tracks we’re accustomed to hearing from Chromeo. But as the song builds, adding the kind of synths and guitar work you might associate with ’80s soft-rock ballads, the pairing somehow makes it work.

Dee Lockett is Slate's editorial assistant for culture.

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