Synth-pop newcomer details the weight of depression with his new song.
A detachment effect can happen when you least expect it. From the choices you make or the entanglement of others, an overwhelming emptiness eats you alive, gnawing away at your soul and darkening your mind. "I can't handle when life's not going my way. I'm tired of trying," Kísos sobs over blurry-eyed guitar and psychedelic piano-scapes. The song's low-resolution mirrors that inescapable and often crippling mental illness of depression, the intersection when reality and harrowing fantasy meet and crash into each other. "Deatomize" features the equally-lonesome vocal timbre of Kirsten Izer, augmenting the ghostly flow of the song. "I'm reaching my hands out. Empty, they're grasping at shadows," the two pair up for the hook. The background track hovers between deactivating the brain and carving it out.
"I first wrote 'Deatomize' with Kirsten back in summer 2015. We had just escaped toxic work environments and were feeling deflated about our careers and life, in general, to the point of, 'why are we even trying?'" shares Kísos about the song, premiering today. "It's interesting that we got our feelings out and didn't revisit and finish the track until this year, when things are going great for both of us. It's awesome seeing how far we've come."
The 10-ton weight of the story parallels the 2017 state of the entire world, currently going up in flames--with the smoke poisoning our way of life and resolve to fight back. "Somebody deatomize me, dissolve my mind and my body," they later yowl, sometimes in unison and sometimes apart, amidst growling '80s-synths, leading into a pointed exhale at the end. The song snarls and curls its way into your eardrums and forces you to reflect on your own vicious cycles. It's powerfully simple but utterly complicated.
50 percent of the song's proceeds go to benefit Queer Lifespace, a San Francisco-based nonprofit which aims "to bring sustainable mental health and substance abuse services to the LGBTQQI community," their mission statement reads. "The mission and formation of Queer LifeSpace began with the shared vision of its four founding directors to bring quality, long-term and affordable mental health and substance abuse care to the Bay Area queer community."
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Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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