Dawn Richard is by far my favorite female R&B artist right now. She solidified my choice with her Goldenheart album release. No matter how much I rave about her, it always seems like an understatement. Dawn is musically fearless. She boasts an expansive range from gentle vocals wafting over a stripped percussive beat to soaring notes signifying the climax of a sweaty EDM dance session. Ultimately though, my favorite aspect of Dawn’s new Goldenheart album is her aggressive femininity. She sings as if she fought the battle of love, and is living to tell the tale. Dawn’s visuals for “‘86” expresses just that.
After a dramatic fall and a “Pretty Wicked Things” intro, the opening chords for “‘86” seem to signify a new beginning. There’s an abstract quality to the video that produces a multiplicity of questions. Who are the women moving angelically in the woods? Does Dawn’s Native American clothing represent her at the vulnerable, nascent stage of love? Is her medieval armor a reflection of Dawn learning to guard her heart? And can Dawn make a dance DVD? Okay, maybe the last question is irrelevant, but I really enjoy the complexity of Dawn’s art.
In the Behind The Scenes video, Dawn describes her video as taking the negative things of the past “as a catalyst to be inspiring.” I may not fully understand the video’s concept, but I will always support an artist who fights for what she believes in. Website Twitter Buy Goldenheart on iTunes