Willow Smith made a surprising move on Wednesday afternoon when she enlisted actor Michael Cera to produce her latest offering, “twentyfortyeight 2.8.” The track brings a delicate wash of plucked percussion and dreamlike production courtesy of Cera, as Willow lends her soothing vocals describing her surroundings that melt together like an almost meditative lullaby.
Willow described it on Instagram as simply a “some vibes to accompany you on your escapades.” Looking back now, Willow might have been dropping subtle hints at her partnership with Cera all along, as there are pictures of him all over Willow’s Instagram.
This collaboration definitely comes as a surprise, but Cera actually has a long history within the music industry. If you remember, he contributed vocals to Weezer’s “Hang On,” off their 2010 album Hurley, played bass and sang in movies including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. He also quietly released his own full-length debut album, True That, back in 2014 through his Bandcamp page, which featured 19 original tracks and a couple of dope covers.
It’s been a minute since Willow has shared new music with fans. She dropped her debut album, ARDIPITHECUS, as a surprise late in 2015 through Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Earlier this year, she showed her soulful side with the release of “JIMI,” a song she had actually recorded in Jimi Hendrix’s famed Electric Lady Studios in New York City when she was 12. Thankfully, it looks like she’s back at releasing new music. Listen to “twentyfortyeight 2.0” below.