When Trixie Mattel released her first two albums, Two Birds and One Stone, fans were stunned by the queen’s folksy sound, defying the markedly false stereotype that “drag music” is made up of club bangers and half-baked pop songs. But now, Mattel is giving fans another twist by trading in her auto-harp for an electric guitar.
On Friday (May 17), Mattel released her new song “Yellow Cloud,” a plugged-in, ‘60s-style folk-rock track featuring Mattel dreaming of an idyllic future where she settles down with that special someone. “I can see the picket fences/ I can see you mow the lawn,” she sings. “Got no fear and no pretenses/ We got nothin’ but our sunglasses on.”
The video for the track takes a different route, placing Trixie in a prismatic, twisted Muppets-esque kids’ show, where a gaggle of puppets and drag queens (including Drag Race star Tammie Brown on the drums) rock out to her new song. “I have a new song, I think it’s gonna be a big hit with the kids,” she says at the video’s onset, before joking, “Oh, I love to hit kids!”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mattel said she wanted to bring something different than her last two albums and decided that this new electro-folk sound was the way to go. “My love for ’60s country music ushered me right into this new plugged-in radio sound,” she said. “Listening to a lot of Fountains of Wayne and Apples in Stereo.”
Check out Trixie Mattel’s wacky new video for “Yellow Cloud” below: