Dreams in Static featuring Akie Bermiss' single, "You're On Your Own" premiered on Respect Magazine as part of Bancs Media's "Endless Summer" compilation. This is the first single off their forthcoming "Part of the Machine" album.
Here is what they wrote: Heartache is a common enough theme in music that the hip-hop project Dreams in Static was keen to find a fresh angle for the video for their new single, “You’re on Your Own.” Speakeasy today premieres the resulting clip.
First, though, some background. Dreams in Static is a collaboration between the Los Angeles producer Erez “Diwon” Safar and the guitarist and composer Levi Martinez, known as Dugans, who create a sound they say conjures “the aesthetics of ‘Pulp Fiction’ and Curtis Mayfield.” Diwon and Dugans’ forthcoming album, “Part of the Machine,” features the vocalist Akie Bermiss throughout. (There’s no release date for the LP, though a rep for the duo said it will be out in 2014.)
“You’re on Your Own” is a booming hip-hop/soul track with a robust beat, sweeping hook and vocals with a tinge of raw anguish that make for a wonderfully incongruous video featuring a bespectacled, floppy-haired little boy grappling with his first broken heart.
“He makes a video to express himself, the song is the soundtrack and the video is for his crush Lucy,” Diwon told Speakeasy. “As he shows her that she broke his heart, he starts to get into the song and as it progresses he realizes he is going to be ok, and both the song and video close with a girl jumping into his video and dancing off with him.”
Diwon produced the video for his Bancs Media production company, and Jonty Fine directed the clip. What do you think of the video? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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Dreams in Static’s “You’re On Your Own” premiered on RESPECT last week as part of Bancs Media’s “Endless Summer” compilation.
The new album features dazzling originals, remixes, and previously unreleased tracks by Grammy winning artists like RZA, non-stop touring artist Kosha Dillz and every rapper’s favorite rapper, Kool G. Rap. The compilation also includes material from emerging artists like Bonhom, Ducky and more. With a quarter of the tracks produced by Bancs Media CEO Diwon, this is a compilation hotter than the West Coast sun in which it was forged.
Our last record “Serene Poetic” was an instrumental record that mixed cinematic sounds with ambient grooves and trippy melodies. Our next record dubbed ‘Part of the Machine’ will feature Akie Bermiss throughout. Check our music page to hear some of the sounds, as it is our best music yet! Akie Bermiss is a soulful singer and composer from Brooklyn, reared by former-activists in a musical household full of jazz and politics. Bringing his own signature sound — with hints of Smokey Robinson and TV on the Radio– his timeless dream-like voice breathes life and narratives into the Dreams in Static grooves.