Meric Long – the frontman for The Dodos – is releasing Barton’s Den which is a new solo album as his musical project FAN. “What a Mistake” – off of the upcoming release – is a song about trying to communicate with someone that is no longer here, and now has an accompanying video for the world to see. The video features Long singing the song on television and laptop screens in public places, other shots display him walking down the street and being followed by a man whose face is pixilated. Then it shows that the person that is gone is communicating with the living through an object that was once theirs. It is thought-inducing and moving, and a necessity for your music catalog.
When Sasha Velour battled her way to the crown in RuPaul’s Drag Race, it was there the night Meric Long, the singer behind FAN decided to create his new single “Velour” because he was inspired by Sasha Velour’s artistry when he saw her lip sync performance.
Meric Long recreated Sasha Velour’s win through the song “Velour”, which showcases the energetic feeling of what he felt when he saw Velour win. The video shows a person watching the television through different things such as binoculars, sunglasses, blinds, and many more. The video is very creative and the colorful scenes that capture the true essence of the video.
Meric Long of the Dodo’s isn’t really taking time to sit around right now, garnering attention left and right with his new music project FAN. Its second single “Disappear” premiered on Billboard this month, directly followed by its release on 7 inch vinyl with a simplistic – yet striking – cover design. Included on side A of the release is debut single “Fire”, which could have set off the fire alarms with its frenzied, fun vibe.
“Disappear” proves – as though it were ever necessary – that Long’s ability as an artist lies in his wide array of capabilities. His second single houses an incredibly different sound than its predecessor, more of a vintage, Beatles sound as it reverberates over rougher, contrasting instrumentals. The song swirls into a dark sound space, as we feel thrown into a dark science fiction scene, Long’s vocals gliding over the soundscape as though they are losing steam and – eventually – lost. But there’s a rare, ethereal beauty in his vocals that never escapes us and keeps our heads above ground with this wildly theatrical release.