Charli XCX has released her latest collaborative track from her upcoming third studio album, Charli, out on September 13th. The song, “Warm,” features vocals from the band Haim, which describe a relationship on the rocks over a subdued electronic beat.
“You’ve gotta tell me the reason/Why we can’t fall in love,” Charli pleads in Autotune over and over in the song’s chorus, which is also echoed by Haim’s trademark harmonies.
“It’s a really beautiful song and the idea actually came about because [producer A.G. Cook] sent me this demo of him singing just a melody, no lyrics, but it was so beautiful, and I sat with it for ages and just played it over and over again,” XCX said in a statement. “I really like it when A. G. sings, it’s always really inspiring to me so I wrote these lyrics, it’s about unrequited love or more just like when you are in it with someone and they are a player and you aren’t in that zone and you just can’t get on the same page. Danielle, Este and Alana came over to our studio house and they wrote their part, we were in LA when we did that and I’m just very happy we got to collaborate.”
“Warm” is the fifth single to come from Charli, after “1999” with Troye Sivan, “Blame It on Your Love” with Lizzo, “Gone” with Christine and the Queens and “Cross You Out” with Sky Ferreira. (“1999” and “Gone” were both released with music videos as well.) The album also features Yaeji, Clairo, Brooke Candy, Big Freedia, Cupcakke and more artists.
Outside of her forthcoming album, Charli XCX has contributed “Miss U” to the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack — in time for the Netflix show’s third season — as well as collaborated with Pabllo Vittar on “Flash Pose”, BTS on “Dream Glow” and Diplo on “Spicy.” She will tour in support of Charli in the U.S. this fall, kicking off at Atlanta, Georgia’s Buckhead Theatre on September 20th and wrapping up with two shows at New York’s Terminal 5, on October 21st and 22nd. Tommy Genesis, Brooke Candy, Dorian Electra and Allie X will be featured as opening acts on the tour.