Watch Mad Decent's Dawn Golden’s Heartbreaking ‘Still Life’ Video Premiere

Dawn Golden photographed in 2014.
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You know that feeling when you’re heartbroken and lying alone in your bed covered in confetti and smoking a cigarette? Well, Mad Decent artist Dawn Golden has a song for that... and a video of that exact imagery... right here.

“Sill Life” comes from Dawn Golden’s debut album of the same name, which dropped May 13 via Diplo’s Mad Decent label. The project is the solo endeavor of electronic musician Dexter Tortoriello (also of the electro-pop duo Houses), who crafted Still Life over the three years following his 2011 EP Blow.

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The poignant, slow-burning electro track could be called a breakup song, but Tortoriello explains it’s more specifically a song about two people drifting apart, slowly:

"Still Life is about laying in your bedroom holding a string, and the other end is tied to someones ankle and you're watching the slack tighten and maybe it's because the other person is moving away, but it's probably because you are sinking into new depths and you know you could just let go, but it's the only thing keeping you from sinking like a stone, skipped across a lake, slowly losing momentum with each dive below the surface, finally sinking messily to the sunless floor, indistinct from all of the other skipped stones and wished upon coins.”

Recorded in Mad Decent’s Los Angeles studios, Tortoriello called the album “an excavation of my past,” which includes his triumph over addiction and success in the music world. “I’m far enough away from the reality of these stories now to write with perspective,” he said. “It's like putting them behind museum glass. They're no longer mine anymore."


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