Yesterday, Adelaide-born pop legend Sia shared a teaser of her newest track Reaper, which was co-written and co-produced by the one and only Kanye West. Now, the full track is available, and it is wonderful.
Reaper has a really different feel to her recent tracks like Alive and Bird Set Free. While we’re accustomed to the Chandelier-esque Sia tracks which feature full-to-the-brim instrumental layers and pristinely-produced pop clarity, Reaper feels raw, stripped back and genuine.
Interestingly, the track really does remind me more of FourFiveSeconds, the remarkably un-Kanye Kanye track featuring Rihanna and Paul McCartney. The raspy yet unfalteringly demanding vocals, the beautifully clean harmonies, and the bare, sing-a-long style rhythms make Reaper really special.
Sia will be releasing her new album This Is Acting on January 29. The single follows on from previous releases Bird Set Free, Alive, One Million Bullets and Cheap Thrills. A mutt of an album, each track was supposedly written for other artists (including Adele and Rihanna), but ended up back in Sia’s hands.
Kanye, meanwhile, will hopefully be dropping his new album Swish at some point in 2016. Last week he released diss track Facts.