Written by: Devon Culbert (@dc26dc)
To combat this bout of “seasonal depression”, Oakland’s very own mxmtoon picks up the pen and paper as she releases her latest track and music video in preparation for her debut album. The track’s instrumental sees her pairing up with frequent collaborator Cavetown to create a swelling piece of composition that changes with mxmtoon’s immersive lyrical content.
The track begins with a barren ukulele strum as mxmtoon’s vocals feel desolate as the reverb echos on the end of every line she sings. At nineteen tears old the singer-songwriter can paint the world around her with just a handful of words, and here we see her finding the sunshine escaping from the sky and the lethargic feeling of sleep creeping over her as the feeling of seasonal depression creeps over. The instrumentation builds to a cacophony as each sounds moves in tandem to mxmtoon’s swiftly changing perception of “rain coming down” and dreaming of departing to LA while she tells her “Lyft driver to turn up the volume”.
This fluctuation is put on screen in a very unique way by two women dressed as the sun and another dressed as a thundercloud. The sun acts very joyous and plays the loud, boisterous instruments, while the thundercloud strums in silence making little movement. Overall, the visuals illustrate the overarching theme of mxmtoon’s music, showing the many faces of the human experience and the artist herself.
“seasonal depression” is presumably the third single released off of mxmtoon’s debut LP the masquerade, due out in September. She will also be headlining a Chicago date on the accompanying tour at Lincoln Hall on October 26th.
Catch mxmtoon in Chicago on October 26th.