You Can ‘Rely On’ Paloma Faith & Pharrell Williams

Paloma Faith Can't Rely Still

I had no idea that quirky pop star Paloma Faith had a third album in the works. The British chanteuse, famous for her left-of-center style and penchant for big, dramatic pop songs, has been hard at work putting the finishing touches to A Perfect Contradiction, and she has pulled in man-of-the-moment Pharrell Williams for her first single, “Can’t Rely On You,” a stomper of a track that recalls '60s/'70s soul, Phil Spector and Janelle Monáe-esque funk in equal measure. The pair hooked up at a ball taking place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and it was apparently Williams who approached Paloma by singing a few lines from one of her biggest hits, “New York.” He then proceeded to put his telephone number into Paloma’s phone and told her to get in touch to work on material, which Paloma did while still at the ball. The resulting track showcases the strengths of both artists, with Paloma revisiting her soulful roots and Pharrell crafting yet another surefire banger of a track. The video for the song, which you can peep right here, is a typically surreal affair featuring a number of religious themes, including a masked Faith being baptized in what appears to be milk. Yes, we are pretty confused, too, but it certainly makes for an interesting watch.

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