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Free Music Monday: Dent May "2099"

By January 7, 2013

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Artist: Dent May
Track: "2099"
From: The end of the world as we knew it
Label: Self-released

Given that whole tell-me-you-didn't-actually-believe-it Mayan apocalypse thing is now weeks in the rear-view mirror, Dent May's song-for-the-end-of-the-world should be almost embarrassingly dated. December 2012 being, like, so last year. Of course, said song is called "2099," which means it won't really be dated for another 88 years.

Yet, here's the thing: this is a theme that never goes out of style. People have been believing that the world is coming to an end since the world was first created, and seizing-the-day is, as Robin Williams once taught you, one of the most persistent poetic themes.

Here, Ol' Dent makes poetry —"Are you afraid of what tomorrow's going to bring?/Let's party 'til we see sunlight"— out of his struggling falsetto; voice layered amidst a washed-out haze of squelchy synths, crumbling drum-machines, and squalling sax.

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