Last Friday Charli XCX released a new track from her long-awaited album Charli. The track is titled “Gone” and features the French singer, songwriter and producer Christine and the Queens. “Gone” joins the other two pre-releases: the nostalgic “1999” with Troye Sivan and “Blame It On Your Love” with Lizzo. With the release of “Gone,” Charli gives us a different sound, providing fans with a new taste of her first full-length album since 2014, which is set for release on September 13.
While “1999” and “Blame It On Your Love” are extremely poppy with some experimental production, “Gone” is a darker track with deeper lyrics that show the album will be more than upbeat pop. In typical Charli XCX fashion, the collaboration with Christine and the Queens highlights an LGBTQ+ artist who brings their own fresh sound to Charli’s music. “Gone” is a powerful track that touches on an experience many people can relate to: feeling alone in a crowded room.
After the first listen, the most memorable part of “Gone” is the outro. Charli XCX is known for not being afraid to try new techniques when it comes to production and embracing sounds that might seem weird to the casual listener. The outro in “Gone” is a classic example of Charli adding an interesting sound that will catch a listener’s attention. The unconventional beat and vocal effects make the song an interesting track that stands out from the others on Charli so far.
The music video for “Gone” matches the dark and dramatic mood set by the audio. The video begins by featuring Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens tied with thick rope on opposite ends of a car in what seems to be an empty warehouse. The video is accompanied with clips of the two untied, passionately singing together. Christine unties herself and assists with untying Charli. The set’s full of dramatic wind machines, eye-catching fluorescent blue lights and rain. Because of the simple set and slightly cliché effects, the emotional presence of Charli and Christine’s chemistry steals the show.
Charli XCX is the only artist that could put a song like “Gone” on the same album as a song like “1999”. Whether it’s a funky pop beat or dark sultry production, Charli always adds unique flare to her music, making fans curious about each new drop. Her creativity is boundless and she’s never afraid to try new styles, production or effects. With an artist as eccentric and unpredictable as Charli XCX, there’s no telling what the rest of the album will sound like and that’s what makes fans so excited to listen.
Watch the video for “Gone” by Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens below:
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