Jack Antonoff is a sought-after pop producer, working on acclaimed projects by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, and more. He's also the mastermind behind the pop project Bleachers, and today it has returned with two brand new songs. In terms of a comeback, it doesn't get much more ear-catching than having a song with Bruce Springsteen as a featured artist, and that's the case on "chinatown," a Springsteen-indebted anthem with the boss himself on the track. He's also in the music video, directed by Carlotta Kohl and streaming above.
Antonoff had this to say about "chinatown" in a press release:
“chinatown” starts in NYC and travels to new jersey. that pull back to the place i am from mixed with terror of falling in love again. having to show your cards to someone and the shock when you see them for yourself. thinking you know yourself and where you are from…. having to see yourself through somebody who you want to stay… i started to write this song with these ideas ringing in my head. to further understand who you are pushes you to further understand where you are from and what that looks and sounds like. there are pieces in that that are worth carrying forever and pieces worth letting die. “chinatown” and “45” are both the story of this – “chinatown” through someone else, “45” through the mirror. as for bruce, its the honor of a lifetime to be joined by him. he is the artist who showed me that the sound of the place i am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world."
"chinatown" also comes with "45," an acoustic guitar-driven track which also wears its Springsteen influence on its sleeve. Check it out below. Both songs may or may not appear on the third Bleachers album, out in 2021.