Jacques Greene & Tinashe Collaborate On “Painted Faces”

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For someone who claims to not even “fully understand” pop music, Jacques Greene shows an incredibly impressive ability to craft infectious hooks out of abstract, dissonant vocal samples in his solo music. If he were to consistently work with an established vocalist, it’s hard to imagine exactly what direction his music would take, but I’m sure it would be groundbreaking. Recently, Greene got in the studio with prodigious Kentucky-born singer as part of Yours Truly’s “Songs From Scratch” series and our fantasy came to life. “Painted Faces”, is the result of that session and, while distinctly Greene, also features a clearer vocal component than any of his previous work. Greene’s sybaritic chords and thumping kickdrum play off of Tinashe’s longing vocals in a way that belies the relatively short amount of time the two have worked together. Like the Shlohmo/Jeremih “Songs From Scratch” feature, this pop/house hybrid that bridges the gap between tactful, below ground sounds and more overt, established pop melodies and song writing. It’s a brilliant combination and one we can only hope comes to fruition again in the future. Stream “Painted Faces” below and hit the jump for the full “Songs From Scratch” feature.

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