Cory Wong Shares ‘Design’ Single Featuring Kimbra

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Cory Wong shared a new single, “Design,” featuring Kimbra. The new song is set to land on the guitarist’s upcoming eighth LP of 2020, The Striped Album, due out on October 23.

The wildly prolific Wong reached out to Kimbra — the singer-songwriter and producer who first caught the public’s eye on the 2012 track “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye — via Instagram. Cory spoke about the collaboration on the disco-funk tune in a statement:

Kimbra has been one of my favorite artists for years. She’s always pushing the artistic and creative boundaries with her voice and her production. Her albums always have such a unique and cohesive sound to them. Her ability to explore new spaces has always really inspired me, and her fingerprint in music is iconic.

Her voice and delivery have such musical depth, but also SO MUCH swagger to it. I had written a tune that I was looking for someone to sing over, and she was the first person I thought of. Although we had never met in person, I sent her a message on Instagram of all places. I was pleasantly surprised when she messaged back and said she was a fan of me and really dug the tune that I had sent her. We decided to meet up in LA and write the song together. Her conceptual, lyrical, and melodic ideas just flowed out effortlessly and we recorded the song in an afternoon. We were exploring a few different concepts for the song, but the main one that we both kept coming back to is the idea of the confusion of machine/human. We are in a weird time where we have our ‘digital’ selves, and our ‘analog’ selves. This song is a loosely abstract approach to convincing ourselves that we are human and not machine.

Stream Cory Wong and Kimbra’s “Design” below:

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