Sara Rachele Premieres Moody 'Scorpio Moon' ft. the Dap-Kings' Binky Griptite

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Sara Rachele is "almost done" with her third album, which she hopes to release this fall. But "Scorpio Moon," the sole track completed for the set so far -- and premiering below -- is so strong she didn't want to wait to have people hear it.

"I'm really proud of it," the singer-songwriter, who resides in a 1979 Airstream Bus, tells Billboard. The song was inspired by a friend's troubled romantic situation but became "a warning song against mistakes and not heeding warnings -- and if we have any choice at all in the matter," according to Rachele. She recorded it, and most of the album's other songs, in Brooklyn with Binky Griptite and other members of the Dap-Kings, co-producing it with keyboardist Spencer Garn.

"I generally record straight to tape and it's fun because that kind of freaks out players of every caliber," Rachele says. "But I knew these guys knew what to do. It was like getting to drive a really fast car and you put it in gear and it ends up doing its own thing. When I got there I went into the bathroom and looked at myself and thought, 'You can't screw this up. Get it together! This is your job, go in there and do it!' But it turned out to be really a pleasure."

Rachele has done additional recording in Los Angeles and East Atlanta Village, where she resides, and hopes to release the album this fall. "Scorpio Moon" is indicative of the rest of the material, she says, likening it to "Dusty Springfield with a little bit of a Southern drawl" but also a contemporary attitude that makes it more than retro or nostalgic.

"It's a little bit of a throwback," Rachele acknowledges, "but I hope it's not too stuck in something that's been done previously. It's definitely going to have a '60s vibe, but really I'm just trying to do the best I can. I have a really high standard, but there are mistakes in the recordings and often times the most beautiful art comes from the mistakes, and that can be the most interesting parts of the record for me. And I think the people I work with feel the same way."