Alex Kapranos, frontman of Scottish indie-rockers Franz Ferdinand, has accused producer Pharrell Williams of “borrowing” a famous Franz riff for a new track with singer Paloma Faith, entitled Can’t Rely On You.
Taking to his Twitter account yesterday, Kaparanos suggested that the song borrows material from a Franz Ferdinand song, without naming any track in particular. Addressing Pharrell directly, Kapranos said, “I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask…” He then provided a link to the music video for Can’t Rely On You.
Can’t Rely On You has a watery guitar riff throughout most of its duration, which does sound similar to Franz Ferdinand’s classic riff from Take Me Out, the second single from the group’s 2004 self-titled debut album. Take a listen to both tracks below and see what you think.
Williams, who worked with Faith on the single, which is the first track to be taken from the London based singer’s new album A Perfect Contradiction, is yet to reply or make a public comment.
Watch: Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You
Watch: Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) January 31, 2014