UPDATE // JUNE 7:
Check out a teaser of Halsey and Lauren Jauregui’s upcoming music video for "Strangers."
— h (@halsey) May 26, 2017
EARLIER // MAY 25:
Halsey and Lauren Jauregui’s vocals intertwine effortlessly on new tune "Strangers."
Halsey chose the Fifth Harmony pop star for her latest hopeless fountain kingdom release because she's authentic. In a recent interview on the Zach Sang show, Halsey said the new tune celebrates same-sex love. She purposefully recruited Lauren for the track because she doesn't identify as a straight person. "I was thinking to myself, if I want this song to be believable, it needs to be real," Halsey said (via iHeart). "So I’m not going to put a girl on the song to sing who’s straight. I’m just not going to do it. So I reached out to Lauren and she came in and she cut the vocal and it sounds awesome."
She also described why the two sound so swell together. "Our voices sound really cool together because we both have really raspy voices," she continued. "Mine's a little more delicate than hers. Hers is like really powerful and big and raspy, and mine is kind of like light and raspy."
The Badlands singer mentions artists like Troye Sivan and Sam Smith who've helped pave the way for the LGBTQ community in music, but believes there hasn't been a song from the female perspective quite like this. "I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community," she said, adding, "It's unheard of. It’s very rare to see it from a female perspective....At no point in the song does it make a point to say that it's a gay love song. It’s just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns."
She doesn't kiss on the mouth anymore / 'Cause it's more intimate, then she thinks what she gets," Halsey sings over a pulsating beat. The production is caressed with '80s-tinged synths. "She doesn't look me in the eyes anymore / Too scared of what she'll see, somebody holding me."
Lauren joins Halsey for the chorus before taking the spotlight. "She doesn't call me on the phone anymore / She's never listening, she says it's innocent / She doesn't let me have control anymore / I must've crossed a line, I must've lost my mind."
Halsey didn't lie; their voices sound incredible together. "Strangers" is easily one of the best mainstream releases of the week. Stream below (available beginning at midnight EST):
Halsey talking about a song from her album, 'Strangers' with Lauren Jauregui. pic.twitter.com/vHbk9Y7kJK
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 17, 2017
hopeless fountain kingdom drops June 2.