Indie songwriter Hobo Johnson enlists Elohim on love-tinged single, ‘Uglykid’
In her journey to share both her boundless musical nuance and mental health-motivated motifs, enigmatic electro-pop queen, Elohim has had a fledgling year filled with validations by buzz-worthy collaborations and support from particularly high places. In the past year itself, the singer/songwriter co-produced with Skrillex on singles “Buckets” and “Connect,” tapped Wiz Khalifa for the Rock Mafia remix of “FYM,” and released her Braindead EP in the midst of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Now, Elohim has teamed up with “Peach Scone” performer, Hobo Johnson, on the latest single from the indie act’s forthcoming sophomore album, The Fall of Hobo Johnson.
“Uglykid” contains all the ingredients for the soundtrack to a lovesick summer story. Jazz improvisations, upbeat guitar strums, plucky harps, and snaps provide the easygoing structural groove for the track, as Elohim and Johnson respectively trade off lines — juxtaposing Elohim’s sweet vocals of “You look so pretty, awfully pretty,” against Johnson’s self-deprecating sing-rapping “But I’m an ugly kid,” insistences. With comedic lyricism as the backdrop to a crooning trumpet, “Uglykid” is as equally charming in its listen as it is veracious in its topic of choice.
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