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First Listen: Ron Sexsmith

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Ron Sexsmith

The singer-songwriter penned this horn-filled ’70s throwback with folk chanteuse Feist, who recorded the track for her ’07 breakout, The Reminder. Sexsmith will release his version of ”Brandy” — inspired by a story of John Lennon and Harry Nilsson’s fondness for the cocktail — on his July 8 album. Exit Strategy of the Soul. ”It only took me about an hour to write the ‘Brandy’ music,” he says. Why? ”It was a great idea for a song.”