Charli XCX Reflects On “February 2017” With Clairo & Yaeji

Mike Nied | September 6, 2019 12:51 am

Charli XCX’s current era keeps getting better and better. The 27-year-old drops her self-titled LP next week (September 13). In the meantime, everything we’ve seen from it so far has been absolute perfection. The collaborators – Troye Sivan, Lizzo and Christine And The Queens to name a few – are expertly selected. The single and album art – created alongside Ines Alpha – ties everything together. And the music exceeds the loftiest expectations. That holds true for the latest taste. Today (September 6), the pop icon unites with Clairo & Yaeji on “February 2017.”

Produced by A.G. Cook and Planet 1999, it offers a somber moment to reflect on a failed relationship. “I know I keep on saying I’m alright. But every single night, when I cut off the lights I feel like crying,” they admit over twinkling beats and plinking keys. The “Warm” diva proceeds to share several apologies. “Sorry I broke you down. Sorry I tore your heart. I ripped it all apart,” she mourns. “I only know what’s good once I have lost it all.” After a burst of static, Yaeji chimes in to close everything out with a gentle verse. The end result is utterly captivating and equally heartbreaking.

“Collaborating with Yaeji and Clairo was really fun and unique. We are all very different artists but coming together on this song felt so special and right,” Charli reflected in a press release. “Clairo and I made a load of songs together in my studio in LA one afternoon at the beginning of the year. None of them were this song but it was so easy to write with her that the second I came up with this idea separately I sent it over to her and she came back with loads of ideas.” It grew from there. “We sent over this idea to Yaeji too and she did a really beautiful verse.”

She also opened up about how the track fits with the rest of the album. “It sounds so intimate. It’s one of the most intimate moments.” Fall in love with the single below.

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