Singer-songwriter Dijon has shared an eclectic new song, “The Stranger,” featuring an impressive list of collaborators: Tobias Jesso Jr., John C. Reilly, Becky and the Birds, Dan Reeder and Sachi.
On the song, Dijon and his collaborators take turns to sing about poignant personal encounters with strangers. Each artist brings their own distinct mood to their respective verses, woven into a coherent whole by tender production from Dijon. “But baby I’m guilty / Silver barrel spinning / Gold teeth shining / Guilty / And it’s hard to let you in / And I don’t know how,” the artists sing in unison on the chorus.
“Got drunk and started what I wanted to be one, then had friends at the house and they sang harmonies while I slumped over embarrassingly trying not to throw up from the booze,” Dijon said of the track’s beginnings in a press statement. “This strange idea of creating a bizarre posse song, similar to a scenario by A Tribe Called Quest or something, but with guitars.
“Eventually, [co-producers] Jack [Jack Karaszewski], Henry [Kwapis], and I randomly threw names in a hat of who would seem really strange and fun on it; mostly people we’d never heard on a song or on an album together. I am very appreciative that these people gave this a chance.”
This latest offering follows Dijon’s June cover of Chaka Khan’s “Sweet Thing.” Earlier this year, he also shared the six-track EP How Do You Feel About Getting Married, a follow-up to his 2019 debut EP Sci Fi 1 which included such tracks as the low-key “Bad Luck.”
Listen to “The Stranger” below: