With a song name like “On That Cold Dark Morning,” one can expect it to be wrought with pain. And true to its title, this wailing wall of sound from Canadian musician Dreamboy is dark, brooding, and blunt. “When you said you loved me, I knew it wasn’t true,” sings Dreamboy, who told FADER the song is “an ode to heartbreak, and a farewell letter to somebody who meant a lot to me at the time.” Until now, Dreamboy, whose real name is Esther Isabel, was the touring keyboardist for Toronto synth-goth outfit TR/ST, but made the move to Montreal several years ago to work on her own material. The result is the Endings EP, which will be available on tape in North America through Dreamboy’s bandcamp on May 6, and worldwide via Atelier Ciseaux records on May 24. It features “On That Cold Dark Morning” as its first single.
The song’s video, which is premiering here, is a lo-fi clip that features Isabel singing in front of footage of deer in forests, hunters, and the violent aftermath of those worlds colliding. “I made this video with the help of my friend Bryce whom I met completely by chance,” Isabel tells us. “I sent him a bunch of stock footage I found online and asked him to film me singing in front of it. The video is a meditation on innocence, surrender, death, and rebirth.” Heavy stuff, to be sure. Watch it, below.