Mykki Blanco Announces New Album 'Stay Close to Music,' Shares "French Lessons" Featuring Kelsey Lu

Also featuring ANOHNI, Devendra Banhart, Jónsi, Mnek, Saul Williams & more, the album arrives October 14

BY Kaelen BellPublished Jul 12, 2022

Mykki Blanco has announced their new full-length album Stay Close to Music, which is arriving October 14 on Transgressive. Alongside the album announcement, Blanco's also shared a video for new Kelsey Lu-featuring single "French Lessons."
Stay Close to Music features contributions from ANOHNI, Devendra Banhart, Jónsi, Mnek, Saul Williams, Michael Stipe (on the previously-shared "Family Ties") and more.
The video for "French Lessons" was shot in Georgia (the European one) and directed by Felix Kalmenson. In a statement about the video, Kalmenson said:
The video concept was a reflection on the ongoing struggles for queer liberation in Georgia which is felt more than ever against the backdrop of violent reactionary protests to the queer movement in June/July of this year and many years prior. The video drew on the legacy of the bisexual Georgian/Armenian film director Sergei Parajanov and his contributions to the aesthetic landscape of Georgian contemporary culture. Together we constructed a timeless odyssey of two lovers seeking emancipation and acceptance in a world mired by conflict and violence.
Along with "Family Ties" and "French Lessons," Blanco has also previously shared album cut "Your Love Was a Gift," featuring Diana Gordon and Sam Buck.
Check out the video for "French Lessons" and see the Stay Close to Music tracklist below.

Stay Close to Music:

1. Pink Diamond Bezel
2. Steps [ft. Saul Williams and MNEK]
3. French Lessons [ft. ANOHNI and Kelsey Lu]
4. Ketamine [ft. Slug Christ]
5. Your Love Was a Gift [ft. Diana Gordon]
6. Family Ties [ft. Michael Stipe]
7. Your Feminism Is Not My Feminism [ft. Ah-Mer-Ah-Su]
8. Lucky
9. Interlude
10. Trust a Little Bit
11. You Will Find It [ft. Devendra Banhart]
12. Carry On [ft. Jónsi]
13. French Lessons (Single Version) [ft. Kelsey Lu]

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