Zhu has announced his new album Dreamland 2021 with the release of “Sky is Crying” featuring Yuna.
On “Sky is Crying,” Zhu situates Yuna’s mesmerizing vocals atop a melancholic array of needle-thin synths and hushed backing vocals. The track, while melancholic, is more cheerful than the bulk of Zhu’s sophomore album Ringos Desert. It retains the dance-forward elements of his second LP, while touching on the brighter sounds of his 2016 debut Generationwhy.
“Sky is Crying” got a moving animated visual reflecting on the ominous events of 2020. From racial animosity being stirred up by the pandemic to the ever-increasing rate of climate change and mistrust of governments worldwide, the bleak tone of Zhu’s black and white retrospective is only punctured by flourishes of color when the two musicians are featured.
Dreamland 2021 is out April 30 via Astralwerks. Zhu had previously teased the impending announcement by listing the album for sale at $430.21—a hint at its release date—amid a vinyl drop before announcing its first single last week.
Following the release of Ringos Desert in 2018, Zhu offered a steady run of collaborations featuring the Bloody Beetroots, Sofi Tukker, Bob Moses, Tinashe, Jeremih and more.
Listen to “Sky is Crying” below: