Cautious Clay has unveiled new Saba collaboration "Strange Love" as the latest taster of his upcoming debut album Deadpan Love.
After having already previewed Deadpan Love with singles including "Wildfire", "Karma & Friends", "Roots", "Dying In The Subtlety" and "Agreeable", Cautious Clay has released "Strange Love", which features Saba.
Cautious Clay says of the song, "This song is about the push and pull of identity in late capitalism. We’re constantly told we need x, y or z to let the world know who we are, inundated with information about what the latest and greatest and coolest is. I love fashion and clothes and putting them together to telegraph myself to the world, but sometimes it’s hard to separate what I like from what I’m being told to like. I think it’s a struggle lots of people can relate to."
Deadpan Love saw Cautious Clay collaborate with co-writers including Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele, HAIM), Jim-E Stack (Caroline Polachek, Empress Of), Daniel Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo, FINNEAS), Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson), Ammar Malik (Maroon 5, Halsey) and Sir Nolan (Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez).
He says of the album, "Deadpan Love explores the ways I cope with the worst of what humanity has to offer. It’s about opposites - having an outer layer that’s tougher, this “deadpan” state, and an inner layer of compassion, where you’re open to being there for the people you care about. It’s this warring compassion and cynicism that has empowered me to express myself through this medium."