Daniel Donskoy Expands Sonic Palette with “Bring Me Back My Smile”

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Daniel Donsky has just released the music video for his newest single, “Bring Me Back My Smile.” The multi-faceted German artist is also a renowned actor, most famously in Netflix‘s show, “The Crown.” His lifelong passion for writing and recording music resulted in him launching a career as an entirely independent artist, earning acclaim for his take on electronic-infused R&B.

“Bring Me Back My Smile” extends his sonic palette, by stirring modern alt-pop production and late ‘90s harmonies into the mix. His voice is similarly eclectic as it progresses from an almost rapped introduction into a soaring soulful topline. Whereas the last single, “Robbed Me,” delved into the shock that comes after a relationship suddenly ends, “Bring Me Back My Smile” focuses on moving on. How can you rise above the pain, establish what went wrong, and look towards a brighter future? Daniel says,

We spend so much time perfecting ourselves, trying to become the best and strongest version of ourselves. But we should do that for our own benefit, not to please others or to get the love we so desperately want. I found it so hard to go back to the version of myself that had self-respect and self-confidence after being treated badly in a relationship. This is a song about not letting go of yourself,  whilst also being able to share your life with someone else.

Luscious guitar strums and lo-fi percussive elements create the soundscape for Daniel’s amicably toned vocals. His voice carries a gentle sway that blends with the even-paced beat. The chorus is a harmonious mix of melodious vocals and quickened synths. The song continues this back-and-forth between his rap-like verses and the smooth chorus.

The video for the song was filmed by a small team (Daniel, co-director Fynn Freund, and producer Nicole Sashnovsky) over the course of three days. It draws parallels between the song’s themes of self-improvement and the precarious balance of the elements water, wind, earth, and fire: when one element is missing, the imbalance leads everything to collapse. Daniel adds, 

In the video, nature symbolises the mindset that I was striving to regain. Reconnecting with nature to replenish your strength is a way of looking for a solution outside of yourself. It asks, is leaving your problems behind an escape? Or are you regaining your own personal freedom? I wanted to leave that open for people to interpret.

The thought-provoking messages set over a pleasing soundscape create a song that is promising for a morning cup-of-coffee routine.

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