The pop star has been teasing new music in recent weeks, with a ‘Western Wind’ billboard popping up in California last week.
Jepsen posted a map of California to social media featuring lines such as “Coming in like a western wind,” “Reminding me love that it’s all connected,” “First bloom, you know it’s spring”, “Do you feel home in all directions?” and “A celebration, a jubilation.”
Captioning the post, Jepsen wrote “x marks the spot” with a cross visible on the map at exit 130.
Jepsen gave the song its official debut during her 11-song set in the Mojave tent at Coachella yesterday. She also performed tracks from her 2019 album ‘Dedicated’, 2020’s ‘Dedicated Side B’, as well as her global smash hit ‘Call Me Maybe’.
Check out her performance of ‘Western Wind’ alongside other highlights from her Coachella performance and a full setlist, below.
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I AM OBSESSED WITH CARLY RAE JEPSEN’S COACHELLA SET! 💕
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Carly Rae Jepsen played:
‘No Drug Like Me’
‘Run Away With Me’
‘Now That I Found You’
‘Call Me Maybe’
‘Want You In My Room’
‘I Really Like You’
‘Cut To The Feeling’
Jepsen’s ‘Western Wind’ billboard included a phone number: 213-732-3275. People calling the number can hear a pre-recorded message from Jepsen.
“Hello. You’ve reached the Carly Rae Jepsen hotline,” she says. “Text me here to stay in the loop on all the kinds of things: new music, tour, secrets that I haven’t even come up with yet. News… no, wait, there will be no news. Sorry. But there will be music for sure.”
She last released an album in 2020, with ‘Dedicated Side B’ however, she also released the standalone single ‘Me And The Boys In The Band’ later that year.
The “pick me up” track was written as an ode to life on the road, with Jepsen saying “Here’s to all the shows we have played and have yet to play. The late-night dancers we turn into on the long bus drives and the tourists we become in the early mornings. Here’s to nostalgia city and keeping close the ones that know you best. Can’t wait for more.”
In 2020, Jespen also confirmed she’d made an “entire quarantine album” during lockdown. “It is very different,” she promised.
Harry Styles headlined the night and was joined on stage by Shania Twain, who performed her hits ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ and ‘You’re Still The One’.
The two-weekend event takes place April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, California.