Words: Sam Geary
UK artist Will Joseph Cook and 18-year-old Detroit-based singer-songwriter Chloe Moriondo have worked together on a new collaborative version of Cook's 2020 hit ‘Be Around Me’.
The new duet is aired with a video, on which Will has teamed up with short filmmaker, actor and YouTuber Bertie Gilbert, who directed the original clip for the track.
“I first came across Chloe’s music after she used the 'Be Around Me' audio on TikTok, so it’s crazy that that led us to an actual collab," says Will. "The first pass Chloe sent over was super instant, she crushed the tone straight away. The journey I’ve been on with this track has been wild, I love how realised it sounds as a duet.
"Collaborating across continents without ever meeting in person was an interesting one. I feel like the distance between us both played really nicely into Be Around Me’s lyrics, singing about longing to be near the person who’s running rings around your mind. I feel like how well this one turned out has been really inspiring to create with other artists far and wide.”