Holy smokes guys: Who knew that a simple, sultry Leonard Cohen song could be so great? Because below, we have a stream of “Darkness,” Cohen’s new single from his upcoming comeback album, Old Ideas, a crawling, smoky cut that finds Cohen firmly in his whisper mode over some bluesy backing music. This is going to be all over movie trailers in about 15 minutes. Dude is the O.G. of this kind of sinister, folky music, and he had to come back to prove he’s still the best at it.
On Jan. 31, Old Ideas, Cohen’s first album since 2004’s Dear Heather, will be released by Columbia. If it’s as good this, we’re in for a treat.