Blondie continue to claim 2017 as their own with the release of their new single, Long Time, taken from their eleventh studio album, Pollinator, released by BMG on 5 May.
Long Time is the third offering from this remarkable new album, once again perfectly demonstrating the record’s blend of Blondie’s pioneering past with new influences from modern music’s great innovators.
The track also reignites the winning formula of Debbie Harry and collaborator Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange); in 2016, Debbie sang on the Rapture-inspired EVP on Hyne’s third album, Freetown Sound. Now Hynes is returning the favour by collaborating with the band on Long Time, a song that pays tribute to Blondie’s 20th Century trailblazing while sounding thrillingly at home in the 21st Century pop landscape.
From the first note, the track channels a deliberate echo of their 1979 anthem Heart of Glass, before lifting off with a swirling mix of Clem Burke’s intense drumming, glorious 80s synth, Chris Stein’s intense guitar riffs and the thumping bass line of Leigh Foxx; all bound together by the bittersweet vocals of Debbie Harry.
The single follows the first two releases from Pollinator: the upbeat Studio 54-esque Fun single, written with Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio); and the dark, alluring My Monster, written for the band by Johnny Marr. Like its two predecessors, Long Time showcases an album made with an enviable series of collaborators, elegantly moulding their love of Blondie with their own sound.
The video for Long Time was shot in New York and is directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, who worked with Beyonce on her Lemonade album videos and World Formation Tour. The video will be released shortly.
Blondie recently announced their return to the iconic London Roundhouse on Wednesday 3 May to celebrate the release two days later of Pollinator. Tickets for the show sold out in under 30 minutes.
Long Time by Blondie will be released on Friday 5 May 2017.