Singer-songwriter David Strange has lived a pretty unconventional life, including a stint as Courtney Love’s guitarist and a working relationship with musician and model Charlotte Kemp Muhl that led to them recording in the home studio of her boyfriend’s mother, who happens to be Yoko Ono.
Strange’s music is saturated with the influence of classic rock, but he has a talent for bending it in unique new ways. His latest single, “Cocaine,” is like a modern-day update of the classic cut of the same name written by J.J. Cale and popularized by Eric Clapton, a psych-rock freak-out that manages to make the titular substance seem less glamorous than nightmarish. The video, full of slow-motion destruction, gives a boost to the track’s surreal edge.
Strange’s self-released, self-titled EP is out Tuesday.