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Watch Black Pumas play “Confines” in the studio with a string quartet

Taken from the deluxe edition of their self-titled debut album, due out next month.

July 29, 2020
Watch Black Pumas play “Confines” in the studio with a string quartet Jackie Lee Young / Press

Austin-based soul-psych duo Black Pumas have had a brilliant year behind their self-titled debut album, locking in a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, becoming almost ever-present on the late-night circuit, and landing in the sweet spot between soul-loving grown-ups and their vinyl-hoarding kids. Today they're announcing a deluxe edition of Black Pumas, due out on August 28 (and October 9 physically). It'll include a handful of covers— the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," Death’s “Politicians in My Eyes,” and Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City" — as well as live versions of some of the album's standout tracks. One of those, a silky in-studio version of "Confines" performed with a string quartet, is premiering at the foot of the page.

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"The initial inspiration behind the message of 'Confines' comes from the true origin and meaning of the old school nursery rhyme 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat,'" singer Eric Burton said in a statement. "It is a reminder to remain equanimous in life during trials and tribulations while also not being afraid to have dreams."

Guitarist and producer Adrian Quesada added: "'Confines' is one of my favorite songs on the record and to play live, a 'deep cut' if you will. It was an early one we worked on and one that I wasn’t sure was going to work but It really hits in a special way to me."

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Watch the video for "Confines" below.

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Watch Black Pumas play “Confines” in the studio with a string quartet