Aoki announced the track, which arrived Thursday night, nearly one month ago on social media and has since previewed the record during live shows.
“Pretender” is a catchy song with a nice mix of the electronic, pop, and rap genres. Aoki provides the infectious, atmospheric beat; AJR takes care of the chorus; and Lil Boat handles the final verse, rapping:
I look happy in every picture
Just so you'd think I am I never say no to pictures
Because that's just the person I am
In high school, I was tryna figure myself out
I was tryna be just like him
Tryna do things I don't usually do
I'm pretending to be too cool
You can listen to “Pretender” now on Apple Music/iTunes as well as Spotify.
The track is expected to appear on Aoki’s long-awaited studio album Neon Future III.