Lifted off her forthcoming sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey released today her duet with Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui, called "Strangers." With its driving '80s-inspired synths, the track is power-pop anthem for queer love, sung by two women who openly identify as bisexual.
"We're not lovers, we're just strangers, with the same damn hunger to be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all," the Badlands songstress sings alongside Jauregui on the slinky chorus. The two trade off verses throughout, most importantly using female pronouns to reflect on lost love. "She doesn't kiss me on the mouth anymore," Halsey says. "She doesn't call me on the phone anymore," Jauregui later echoes.
"I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community," Halsey said in a recent interview. "It's unheard of. It's very rare to see it from a female perspective."