London-based DIY pop singer Leo Kalyan was so lost in the eleganza that is RuPaul’s Drag Race that he forgot about his new single’s release date.
He dropped the track, “Stranger,” available on all platforms today — but when Billboard reached out for comment, he hilariously replied, “To be honest, I totally forgot it was coming out today, because it’s Drag Race day!”
With last night’s episode having one of the coolest main challenges in recent memory, it easy to see why he was distracted. (Some of Kalyan’s favorite moments of the episode included BenDeLaCreme’s drunken “cougar” performance, and Aja’s anime-inspired outfit).
Distractions aside, Kalyan’s new track is a seductive pop gem about finding a deep connection with a stranger while traveling. Kaylan explain to Billboard about the song: “‘Stranger’ is about meeting someone in a hot, faraway place where no one else knows your name. There has always been something really exciting to me about that anonymous feeling you have when you’re abroad. You can let go of the hangups you have at home, and it sort of heightens emotional intensity.”
The song was inspired by actual events, during a trip to Barcelona. “I met someone who I had this unexpected, deep connection with,” Kalyan recalls. I think it felt deeper because of the transient nature of a holiday romance. It’s like the Julie Delpy film, Before Sunrise, where two young people meet by chance on a train, but only have one night together before they go back home to different parts of the world.”
“Sometimes these kinds of experiences stay with us forever,” he adds.
Check out the track below.