Although Lucius have been singing a stripped back version of The Kinks’ “Strangers” for some time now, the duo helped breathe new life into the song when asked to sing it with Black Pumas. The collaboration, part of a promotion for the new documentary, ‘Life in A Day,’ hits an emotional twinge, pulling at the heartstrings of a tired and shaken world.
Together, Black Pumas & Lucius polished off the song and opened it up with some new musical additions — strings, piano, organ — while staying true and close to its evergreen message of good faith in humanity.
Explaining how and why they collaborated on the single, both bands get very emotional about what the lyrics mean to them and how a song like this calls on us to exemplify and share the best we have to offer of ourselves despite pain, loss and frustration along our journey. Together, Lucius and Black Pumas offer up their musical talents to strike a warm, resonating tone for those who may feel alone.
“To me, ‘Strangers’ has a really interesting way of cutting through straight to the soul,” says Black Pumas frontman Eric Burton. “I had such a good time inhabiting this honest reflection on love lost and the triumph that is a resilient human spirit.”
The short song feature was released as a trailer for ‘Life in A Day,’ a YouTube Originals film that uses individual submissions from around the world to show what and how we are connected as humans, even in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. The film is now available to stream.
Black Pumas self -itled album is currently nominated for Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys as well as Record of the Year and Best American Roots Performance. For more on Black Pumas make sure to follow them on their social media or visit their website.
Words: Patti Sanchez