FEATURED FIND: DIJON IS NO LAUGHING MATTER ON “RODEO CLOWN”
With the release of his newest single, "Rodeo Clown", Maryland native Singer/Songwriter Dijon proves he's no laughing matter.
The cover of Dijon's most recent single, "Rodeo Clown", shows two pals chilling on the sofa - one in street clothes and the other done up in greasepaint and rainbow socks. It's a surreal, almost silly image, that's made even more convoluted that it has little to do with the name.
To truly get at the heart of "Rodeo Clown", you have to pull out the cold cream and really scrub. After a liberal application of elbow grease, you might be surprised to find a soulful r&b crooner with some Country and Western flourishes - weeping slide guitars and little bits of melodic bass. Make no mistake, though, weepy tear-in-my-beer country music this is not. If it is country music, it would be of the cosmically weird variety innovated recently by Orville Peck.
DIJON - RODEO CLOWN
Don't let that short description lull you into a false sense of comfort, though. Take "Many Times," the other most recent single from Dijon's new album, Absolutely, which is due out this coming Friday, November 5. "Many Times" sounds nothing like "Rodeo Clown" barring the presence of Dijon's signature emotional vocals, which strain and crack under the pressure of his big, big heart. If we were to make a comparison, it would be The Internet's Patrick Paige II turning in a funkadelic cover of Don Henley's "The End Of The Innocence."
DIJON - MANY TIMES
The only thing you can expect from Dijon is you just never know what to expect. Whatever it will be, it will be unique, personal, and interesting.
Dijon is a perfect microcosm of today's indie/singer/songwriter scene, which is broad enough to encapsulate both Olivia Rodrigo to Billie Eilish. After several decades of having non-stop access to nearly every note of music ever recorded, the totally artificial dividing lines between genres, styles, and scenes are drying up faster than a Saharan Oasis. Like the harlequin on the cover of "Rodeo Clown," sometimes you just gotta peel off the paint and see what you're working with.
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J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.