The sunny “No Coffee” is bolstered by a breezy AM Gold groove, a funky bass line and Coffman’s in-demand vocal chops; the singer has collaborated with artists ranging from Frank Ocean to Major Lazer. However, despite the bubbly tone of the music, the lyrics hint at an undercurrent of pining.
“Don’t need no coffee/ I’m wide awake/ I’m not much for sleeping when your love is at stake,” Coffman sings. “I go out walking / I don’t know what to do/ ‘Cause I can’t think about anything but you/ Babe I need you, in a serious way/ Can’t give you all this love and you push me away.”
Coffman previously shared City of No Reply‘s first single “All to Myself” back in October. Earlier this week, the singer confirmed that she is no longer a member of the Dirty Projectors following a breakup with that band’s frontman Dave Longstreth.
“I consider it a loss to no longer be involved with Dirty Projectors, but ultimately walking away was the only healthy choice for me,” Coffman said in a statement. “It was never my intention or wish to leave the band or end my friendship with Dave. It was a surprise to me to learn last September about his album plans, the content, timing, use of the band name, etc.”
Longstreth and Coffman’s breakup also informed the Dirty Projectors’ recent self-titled LP. Longstreth also serves as a co-writer and producer on City of No Reply, due out in June.