One of our biggest queer faves, Dove Cameron, soars on Diplo’s new single.
The track – titled Use Me (Brutal Hearts) – hears Diplo channel his country music persona Thomas Wesley, blending midwest songwriting with luscious flairs of disco.
The track also features country legend Sturgill Simpson, who is reborn here as Johnny Blue Skies.
Dove Cameron stars in the accompanying music video alongside acting royalty Sean Penn.
The visual sees them performing the track at a neon-lit rodeo, as the worlds of cowboys and glitterball disco collide.
Use Me (Brutal Hearts) is taken from upcoming body of work Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley: Chapter 2 — Swamp Savant, which is released on 28 April.
“To prepare for this new Thomas Wesley project, I went back to my father’s house in Florida and I spent six months learnin guitar, gettin in touch with nature, working his boat when the shrimp were running on full moons at the trailer park,” says Diplo.
“I tried on a lot of cowboy hats. I rode a lot of motorcycles and horses basically reflected on my whole life and career and connection with this music…there was a lot.
“It all started in the swamps I was raised in. This is the greatest single piece of work I’ve ever done, I can promise you that.”
Diplo recently revealed that he has an open approach when it comes to who he’s attracted to.
During an interview he explained that he’s reluctant to “define that I’m gay, but I think the best answer that I have is that I’m not not gay”, before saying “there’s a couple guys that I’d be like, ‘I could date this guy… life partner-wise.'”
Use Me (Brutal Hearts) furthers Dove Cameron’s ascent as a pop force, following her recent singles Boyfriend, Girl Like Me and We Go Down Together with Khalid.
Recently speaking with GAY TIMES to promote her role in season two of Apple TV+’s Schmigadoon!, Dove Cameron reflected on the current political landscape for the LGBTQ+ community, which includes an onslaught of legislation targeting trans rights and the drag art-form.
Cameron told us that it’s “more important than ever to inundate the media with drag performances” and “openly queer characters”.
“Media is controlling everything and it’s affecting everybody,” the Bad Idea singer continues, adding that it’s crucial for artists to “create a safe space for young queer people everywhere” within mainstream media.