Grammy award-winning UK producer Mura Masa, aka Alex Crossan, has teamed up with Clairo to release “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again.”
The electropop track surprisingly begins with breezy acoustic guitars and gentle handclaps as Clairo sings: “Remember when we used to fight / I’d stay up all night / Trying to put it behind me / Was it really that long ago?” The producer then double-tracks her voice on the chorus with a robotic, distorted effect as abrasive bass rattles in the beat drop.
The music video, directed by Thomas Hardiman, follows Clairo in the back of a pick-up truck throughout the countryside. It’s intercut with shots of couples whose bodies warp and bend via some handy visual effects.
“This is the beginning of rolling out a new direction for Mura Masa, which has a much heavier focus on band and guitar music,” Crossan said in a statement. “Punk and new wave is the music I grew up playing so it feels like an exciting return for me. I’m thrilled to debut this new sound with one of indie music’s most exciting and talented songwriting newcomers in Clairo. To me, this is the zeitgeist of the next year in music; a new type of band.”
Since his self-titled debut album in 2017, Mura Masa has released singles such as “Doorman,” his track with slowthai, and his Nao collab, “Complicated.” His as-yet-untitled sophomore album is on the way.
Watch the video for “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again” here: