To fete the release of Sia‘s latest LP This Is Acting on Friday, NYC-based musicians Emmy Wildwood and Bredahl (a.k.a. synth-pop producer Nik Lokensgaard) decided to go back in time for a mash-up of the Aussie superstar’s breakthrough track “Breathe Me” with Major Lazer 2015 megahit “Lean On.”
The result flips the latter on its head, the lyrics “blow a kiss, fire a gun, all we need is somebody to lean on,” feeling all the more sinister with Sia’s weighty verses to balance them out. See for yourself and give the stunning visual a spin below.
For the clip, the duo worked with Brooklyn artist SS Powell, who lent his paintings to Lokensgaard to animate. “His visual style and dark humor seemed a perfect fit for what we were trying to accomplish,” Wildwood explains. “We discussed trying to use his work for the single cover image and were very excited when he agreed to collaborate with us. As we developed a concept for the video, we all decided it would be really fun to incorporate the artwork into it.”
The duo previously collaborated on the eerie track “Scream,” which featured in the digital promos for Fox’s Scream Queens last year. Wildwood will release her debut full-length, produced by Tommy Eichmann (Alex Winston), later this year, while Bredahl plans to drop a string of singles.