Dawn Richard slowly progressed as a solo artist, escaping the shadow of her days as a member of Danity Kane with last year’s sinewy take on electro-R&B, Blackheart. At some point (hopefully soon) she’ll release RED*emp*tion, that album’s follow-up, and she’s teased us with singles throughout 2016. First came “Not Above That,” then “Honest” and “Wake Up.” Now comes the bright “Cali Sun,” as straightforward an aim into pop as Richard has shown herself willing to go. That’s not to say “Cali Sun” seeks the lowest common denominator – the song is full of flourishes that remind us of Richard’s singular vision – but it features a melody and chorus that’s a far cry from hushed devastation of those early singles “Not Above That” and “Honest.” There’s a warmth here that even the jittery percussion can’t break, as D∆wn rises above, staring boldly straight into the sun.
Listen to the full version of “Cali Sun” via Apple Music.
For other great new music from D∆wn, check out her feature on the recently released Machinedrum single “Do It 4 U,” also via Apple Music.