Jean Dawson is on to something. With each new release, the Los Angeles-based experimental pop provocateur gives further credence to his undeniable one-of-a-kind vision that extends far beyond the realm of genre or simple classification. Rather, his music exists as a movement unto itself, belonging to him and all the kids who, like him, grew up feeling they didn't quite fit the mold.
Following a string of singles, "Starface*" arrives as the latest taste of Dawson's highly-anticipated debut album. Wasting no time at all, Dawson welcomes us with a brimming wall of sound and reverberant electric guitars that soon gives way to the equivalent of a sonic fireworks show. Even as the experimental pop provocateur's voice shifts between pained and impassioned, it is impossible not to get swept up in the infectious fervor on display.
In traditional Dawson fashion, "Starface*" is accompanied by an eye-catching visual. Incongruous imagery flashes by at a mile a minute, as if to match the song's stream of conscious approach. The final image sees Dawson enjoying an apple with a devilish grin in a scene evocative of Christ's last supper. What does it all mean? Your guess is as good as mine.
"Starface*" feels like just the beginning, and when it comes to Dawson, there is no telling what comes next.
Listen to "Starface*" below: