Though he may have been preceded by peers like T-Pain, it feels safe to say that Kanye West revolutionized the art of auto-tune. Ever since his landmark album 808s & Heartbreak, Yeezy has been the living embodiment of how to do a mournful robot-voice right, lending his talents to all manner of rap tracks in the years since. That said, it is still something of a surprise to hear his latest effort in this style: a featured guest-spot on a track from indie band Francis and the Lights.

The track is called "My City's Gone," and is reminiscent of the same kind of atmospheric, vocal-based work from the likes of Bon Iver and James Blake, the former of whom appears on a featured guest spot of his own on another of the band's recent tracks.

Though Kanye only pops up toward the end of the song the unmistakable tones of his melancholic auto-tune are instantly recognizable, lending the track a hymn-like sense of harmony.

Though a soft-spoken indie project like Francis and the Lights may seem an odd choice for someone like Kanye to collaborate with, the band have spent a majority of their time working their way into some of the year's most high-profile hip-hop projects. They have writing credits on both Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book and Frank Ocean's Blonde, and have previously worked with the likes of Drake and Das Racist.

Francis and the Lights's new album Farewell, Starlite! is available to stream in full on the band's website. Listen to it here.

In other music news, OVO Sound signees dvsn have shared an intense remix of Frank Ocean's Blonde track "Godspeed." Listen to it right here.

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