Prince lets loose in his new tune “Stare,” a funky string of party-friendly, double-entendre come-ons and callbacks to his past. He sings about going onstage in his underwear and calls back his 1986 smash “Kiss” and its scratchy guitar line, interspersed with silly turns of phrase like “Second things first,” all supporting his thesis, “we know you’ve got thirst.” “Ain’t nobody stoppin’ ’cause we’ve got this party poppin’,” he declares early, as he lets an elastic bass line connect the lyrics to bright horn fanfares and huffy, breathy vocals and a fake-out fadeout.
In typical Prince fashion, he surprise-released the song via Spotify. Earlier in the month, he had announced he was removing all of his music from the streaming service. “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” a statement on the service read, according to Complex. “We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.” At the time, he left his catalog on Jay Z’s high-def streaming service Tidal.
Spotify attributed the track to Prince, and not Prince with occasional backing group 3rdEyeGirl, which suggests he played most of the core instruments himself.
Although the singer put out two albums last year, he has been releasing non-album singles in 2015. In addition to “Stare,” he recently put out the psychedelic 3rdEyeGirl collaboration “Hardrocklover” and his plea for peace “Baltimore.”
He premiered the latter tune at a special “Rally 4 Peace” in Baltimore, held in the wake of riots protesting the death of Freddie Gray, a man who died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody. “The system is broken,” Prince wrote in a statement that appears at the end of the video for the tune. “It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life….”