There’s something so romantically mysterious about the middle of the night. History shows that many of mankind’s greatest artists and thinkers used the hours between midnight and 2 or even 3 a.m. as a window into creative magic, and for Australian producer cln, that tradition continues.
His latest single “Breathe,” coming out on Skrillex’s free-release imprint NEST, is a song inspired and conjured in the late-night quiet, and it captures that heavy tranquility in its simple, straightforward chords.
“I mostly make music really late at night. I think that’s when my best ideas come out,” cln says in a press release. “When I’m fully alert, I tend to overanalyze things and get rid of my best ideas. The original idea for this song came about at around 3 a.m., I think it was while I was preparing for my first US tour [last September]. I’ve tried my best not to over think this song. I wanted to keep the initial idea as close to its original state as possible. I suppose that way, the final product is more honest, taken straight from my sleep-deprived brain.”
The xylophone melody and mirroring synths lend the tune an innocent vibe, while cln’s voice coaxes you toward ultimate stillness. “Breathe” is dreamy, but it’s arresting at the same time. It’s so calm, it forces you to stop moving, just for the moment.
“The lyrics in this song aren’t really about anyone or anything in particular,” cln adds in an emailed statement. “When I write, I’m more trying to convey a general feeling or emotion, rather than something specific. I want my songs to tell stories, but I don’t want to tell the story in too much detail lyrically. I’d rather tell most of the story using synthesizers and samples. I prefer to let the listener create their own interpretation.”
Take a moment out of your hectic day and get lost in the blue and gray tones of the witching hour with “Breathe” below. It’s out on NEST Friday, April 28. Listen to it below or find it on Spotify.