Willow Smith has uploaded a new song to her SoundCloud page with an unlikely producer: Michael Cera. Smith released her debut album, Ardipithecus, last year.
“Twentyfortyeight 2.0” contains a simple, almost lullaby-like beat. Smith sing-talks stream-of-consciousness lyrics above harmonies of hums. “That isn’t genuine,” she says calmly during the song’s last couplet. “That doesn’t/Nurture the human soul.”
Cera’s musical output over the course of his career has typically been done as a surprise; in 2014, he quietly released an album lo-fi indie-folk titled true that on Bandcamp. He has also played guitar and performed backing vocals on Weezer’s Hurley. He’s gravitated towards musical roles on screen, playing bassists in both Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World while also appearing on the soundtrack for Juno where he and co-star Ellen Page recorded a sweet duet of the Moldy Peaches’ “Anyone Else But You.”