Blondie unveiled a sprawling and exhilarating rendition of “Fragments,” the closing track from their upcoming LP, Pollinator, out May 5th. Vancouver indie artist an Unkindness – the musical project of Adam Johnston – released “Fragments” in 2010, though it was first heard at the end of his YouTube movie reviews.
On their version, Blondie flip Johnston’s folk ballad into a prog-tinged epic that begins with a spaced-out intro and morphs suddenly into a driving rocker. While a rollicking piano recalls the stripped-down instrumentals of Johnston’s original, Blondie inject their rendition of “Fragments” with delirious synths, roaring guitar and gritty bass while Debbie Harry unleashes a vocal performance packed with plenty of potent theatricality.
“Fragments” follows previously released Pollinator tracks “Fun,” a collaboration with TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and “Long Time,” which was co-written with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Pollinator will also feature contributions from Sia, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, former Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr and the Strokes’ Nick Valensi.
Blondie will embark on a co-headlining summer tour with Garbage July 5th in Saratoga, California.