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Love can be perilous, deadly even. In fact, it often leads you down a dark, twisted path and takes you on an unexpected journey, from which you’ll never recover. The ache in your chest can seem so insurmountable, it feels like it has actually been ripped to shreds. If you survive that trauma, you’ll never be the same. At least, that’s the case with Titus Makin, who wrestles with “being consumed by a dangerous love,” he says. His single, aptly titled “Suicide,” depicts the inner conflict and worms its way into the skull. “Even though this love is wrong, I want to hold on,” he croons, creamy synths and a furious cloud of drums spiraling around him.
“My love is worth this weight in gold,” he later pleads in between smoldering thumps and guitar licks. It’s the moment he decides to sacrifice his sanity for the sake of a love that he has never known. “It’s feeling like you can’t get a grip of anything that’s happening in your life,” he adds.
The vibrant video, directed by Jake Williams, is splashed with various hues of neon pink, blue and purple. The dashing color palette and erratic cinematography beckons the viewer into a troubled mindscape, unraveling Makin’s grim psyche. “We wanted the viewer to feel like they’re spinning out of control, in confusion until you can stop, find grounding and realize what’s happening,” Makin says. Despite the song’s heaviness, Makin’s effortless voice remains rather soothing.
Makin’s upcoming EP Lean is set to drop later this year.