Yung Lean has announced his seventh full-length album Starz will release on May 15 via YEAR0001 with his new single “Pikachu.”
The release comes after Lean’s vibrant new music video and the contrasting somber sounds of “Boylife in EU” from back in late-February. That surrealist visual was followed by the Swedish artist’s livestream from the back of a Russian freighter where he previewed even more new music, leading up to his second single titled “Violence.”
“Pikachu” takes a lighter turn when compared to his emotionally resonant and somber past singles. The Starz track finds Lean delivering a bouncy and minimalist set of verses paired perfectly with whitearmour’s glitchy and memorable production. “Thirty towns, thirty ounce, I won’t peek at you/ Movin’ slow, my coke came from Peru/ Yellow-black bracelet look like Pikachu/ Stone-cold my Stone Island, posted on the roof,” he raps as the song opens. In one line Yung Lean manages to turn an initial boast into a reminder of his loneliness: “she sing my songs, but she only know the chorus.”
Earlier this year, Yung Lean announced that the world premiere of his In My Head documentary would open at Tribeca Film Festival, but given its cancellation due to the coronavirus, it’s unknown what the future release plans are for the 97-minute full-length project.
Listen to the new single below and stay tuned for Starz to release May 15. In more music news, legendary producer Mike Dean joined HYPEBEAST to talk about his new album 4:20, his work with Kanye West, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi and where his solo career goes from here in a new interview.