Following her 2018 album Awake which debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance and Electronic Albums chart, Alison Wonderland returns with her new single Fear of Dying. Accompanied by a music video directed by Brandon Dremer, the song chronicles themes of death and rebirth. As Alison unpacks the fear of losing a loved one in the lyrics, we experience an artist who is as vulnerable as ever.
It’s like my biggest fear that someone leaves me out of nowhere, and it scares the [explicitive] out of me. So I wrote this song about that, you know about my fear. And I thought that if I wrote about it, I would kind of feel better that I said it out loud. So you know, nothing is guaranteed, so I want you guys to be really good to each other. Please. And you know, give each other a hug.
With her trademark electronic and trap roots in place, we hear Alison’s sweet vocals contrast the instrumentals off the track. Full of sustain, the synth brings ambiance to the verse and slowly builds up a crescendo toward each chorus. As the build-up explodes, we, the audience, are treated to an infectious drop full of mind-blowing blips.
Nonetheless, the real victory off the track is the electronic solo at the end. As Alison passionately sings “Blame it on the Fear of Dying,” the solo blasts in your ears and evokes as much emotion as it can from the listener.
Finally, the accompaniment video for the single is both weird and wonderful. Reminiscent of films such as Drive and Fallen Angels, the video encapsulates the idea of loss and separation. As the viewer experiences Alison desperately try to save her friend from abduction we are left to decipher the ambiguous ending.
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