While I’ve enjoyed a lot of what Prince has released in recent years, I can’t say that I’ve absolutely loved any of his new material as much as I loved his output in his heyday. That is, until now. Prince channels his violet-colored sound of yesteryear with his latest single, “Clouds,” and has me all the way here for it.
“Clouds” sounds like a kiss from a old flame you’re still hot for feels. And speaking of kisses, after starting the song off with a few seconds of dreamy harmonizing and a funky bass and piano riff, Prince extols the virtue of what a kiss on the neck (along with some other romantically freaky) things can do. He then goes on to criticize the social media/quick-paced age we’re in, suggesting that we forego our need for instant gratification and, instead, go back to a time of more intimate communication. I can most definitely dig that.
As if things don’t sound sweet enough, he invites UK songstress Lianne La Havas to offer the bridge before giving us an British-accented, trippy interlude that would definitely fit in with most of Prince’s ’80s output.
“Clouds” is available for instant download once you pre-order Art Official Age, one of the two albums that his Purpleness intends to release this year. Just like that, it looks like it’s Christmas in August for Prince fans.