Today Lenoir is sharing his first new music since his debut LP, with the premiere of a track called “hunny bunny,” that features Australia’s enfant terrible Kirin J. Callinan, on FADER.
WATCH: Hubert Lenoir’s “hunny bunny” feat. Kirin J. Callinan on The FADER // YouTube
The track has its genesis in a chance encounter between Lenoir and Callinan backstage at a festival in Normandy, France in July of 2019. The two made eye contact, but didn’t speak until Hubert DMed the Australian the following day inviting him to collaborate. Callinan then flew from Naples to meet Lenoir in Amsterdam, where they spent two days concocting “hunny bunny.” The single is something of a departure from the swaggering, prog-inflected glam of Lenoir’s debut, adopting a more electronic palette than most of his previous releases, and is a rare English-language turn from the Francophone songwriter. It’s accompanied by a video directed by Lenoir’s longtime artistic partner Noemie Leclerc and Gabriel Lapointe that sees a vampiric Lenoir avail himself of the blood of injured skaters at Quebec City skate park.
Lenoir expands on the experience of working with Callinan in conversation with FADER:
“Kirin and I met up in a studio in Amsterdam, and I was excited and terrified to show my ideas to him. I have so much respect and love for his work so it was surreal to have him with me. We recorded for 2 days, and tried every idea we came up with, crazy ideas and stupid ideas. Kirin is such a lovely person to be around and work with. He’s full of positivity, energy and joy, plus he’s lot older than me so he’s kind of a big brother/football coach. He told me, “trust yourself, Hubert!”
I was surrounded by English speaking persons (Kirin and the engineer Thomas) so it felt natural for me to write in English which I haven’t done in a long time. That was a big thing for me, but I couldn’t help putting 2 lines of French in, and Kirin tried to sing in French too. When we were recording the track I was always repeating the same words: it needs to be low key, low-key pop. I didn’t see the hook as something that should come at you like a tiger but more like a snake, it attacks from the back and bites you without you knowing it. After those two days we went back to finish our respective European tours and when I got back home I managed to mix the track with a few friends and worked with Kirin via FaceTime. Kirin had planned to add more guitars to the song but he broke both his arms few days after he finished his tour lol.”
Hubert Lenoir will be appearing at the Red Bull festival in Montreal next week and will be embarking on a full tour of France in November. Full details can be found below.
“Hunny Bunny” is out now on Simone Records. It is available on all streaming platforms here.