By Miles Raymer
March 03, 2015 at 05:38 PM EST

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Julie Mintz joined Moby’s band as a backup singer in 2011, and recently he returned the favor by producing her debut EP A Thin Veil. As the single “Till She Disappears” proves, it’s a far different type of joint than Moby’s usually known for—an elegant and bewitching blend of Americana and orchestral pop that sits somewhere between Gillian Welch and Lana Del Rey.

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The song was inspired by some dates Mintz went on early in her career with a much more well-established musician. “I was so intimidated by his talent,” she writes in an email to EW, “and the more I liked him, the more I would doubt and edit myself around him—a long-held unconscious habit, and a form of self-protection. It was unfortunate because as I was frantically trying to figure out who to be and what to say to make someone like me, I was slowly disappearing.”

“When producing this,” Moby adds, “I wanted the string arrangements and production to reinforce the contrast between strength and vulnerability in the song.”

A Thin Veil is out May 5.