Dawn Richard, aka D∆WN, is rounding out a busy week. On top of performances this weekend in New York and Montreal to celebrate her new Infrared EP, the former Danity Kane and Diddy Dirty Money member turned experimental chanteuse has shared a fierce fashion video in addition to two new tracks.
The video, released just this morning, is the visual counterpart to Richard's latest single, "Wake Up," a slinky, Autotuned track produced by Machinedrum. It shows her in a slew of elaborate, gilded costumes resembling mythical creatures the phoenix and the faun; Rick James-referencing braids; and leading a crew of women through tight, twisting choreography.
"With this era, I want to highlight the marriage of fashion, tech and sound," she told NPR. "'Wake Up' is a fashion film inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the Faun and the Phoenix narrate this whimsical dream that you don't want to wake up from."
Earlier this week, D∆WN also dropped a collaboration with up-and-coming producer Oshi, "Lemonade Lakes." The dark and sultry, black velveteen track is the latest in adidas originals & Yours Truly's #SongsFromScratch series in which two artists are paired up for the first time. Her other track, "Serpentine Fire," was made for the Adult Swim Singles series, and it comes with major electronic music star power from Warp Records mainstay Clark, whose production is surprisingly lighter and more uptempo than one might expect from him.
Listen to both new songs below.