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illuminati hotties teams with Buck Meek to pay tribute to partners on the dusty road in “u v v p”

illuminati hotties‘ new album Let Me Do One More is arriving in early October, and following on from two fairly manic singles in “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA” and “Pool Hopping”, today Sarah Tudzin shows her softer side. The new song is called “u v v p” and features Big Thief member (and brilliant solo artist in his own right), Buck Meek. Tudzin says:

“The road toward fulfillment is lonesome and dusty for a rambling ranger like yourself. for when you need a deputy’s hand, a sling of something sweet, or just a breather in paradise, there’s ‘u v v p.’ i brought along my pal Buck Meek to remind you to say something about how special your beau may be to you, even if you’re too shy to muster up the courage.”

“u v v p” finds illuminati hotties in Americana mode, with twanging guitars and woodblocks underscoring her loved-up lines about envisioning their partner dancing or the cute way they text. Loping into the chorus, the classic Tudzin power pop and harmonies start to shine through, with her adorable admission “I don’t want to hide you,” and by the second repetition of the chorus we’re at a full pop-punk song – only to reveal she’s done wrong: “I’ve never felt so sorry”.

It’s down to Meek to focus the song back on the Western theme and up the apologetic tone. As “u v v p” settles into a sweltering finale, he uses his characterful spoken voice to reflect on how he’s previously been “cutting a quick path along the lonesome desert road,” and continues with his devotion, concluding with the humble request “there ain’t nothing I’d like more than to take you dancin’ / just one very last time.” Spoken among the twinkling tones of “u v v p” and his rich voice, there’s no way you won’t get weak-kneed.

Watch the visualizer for “u v v p” below or find it on streaming platforms.

illuminati hotties’ new album Let Me Do One More comes out on October 1 through Snack Shack Tracks (pre-order/save). You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.