Frank Ocean isn’t the only iconoclastic R&B auteur pairing new music with cryptic visuals this morning. The great Dawn Richard, who mostly records as D?WN now, is working on a new LP called RED*emp*tion (aka The Red Era), and she’s recently shared videos for new tracks “Not Above That” and “Wake Up.” Today, she’s shared a short, jittery club anthem called “Cali Sun.” And she’s also got an animated video for it, which she co-directed with Rob Coin. In the clip, we see hands and palm trees emerging from a digital void. In the YouTube description, she writes this: “For the artists in the industry, their dreams rise and set like the California Sun. Nothing is promised but nothing is more beautiful at the same time.” Watch the video below.
RED*emp*tion (aka The Red Era) is coming later this year. Richard is working on an animated film and a series of animated shorts for Adult Swim.