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Song: First Of The Year (Equinox) skrillex

Artist: Skrillex

Album: More Monsters And Sprites

Release date: June 7, 2011

Why this song was chosen: This song was chosen 100% for the video. In fact, the only lyrics in the song are “Call 911 now!”. Skrillex (former From First To Last frontman Sonny John Moore) is one of the biggest names in dubstep. The genre is dance music often associated more with creative electronic sounds and sub bass frequencies than with emotional lyrics, so it may be a bit surprising to see this song on the list. But if you watch the video, you will understand why. Admittedly, the video starts with an uncomfortable and all-too-familiar scenario. A man is creepily watching children play at a playground, and then walks away with a little girl. And into an abandoned warehouse. And then he has his chloroform and a rag. And then, the girl exacts revenge, and we learn who was actually in control in this story. There are obviously some fictional elements to the story, but for a 3 or 4 minute story, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

What the artist has to say about the song: It’s difficult to find any comments from Moore, or from video director Tony Truand. Perhaps since there aren’t really any lyrics to this dubstep track, Moore didn’t have anything to say. And I think Truand’s message in the video speaks for itself. But upon the album’s release, Spin magazine gave a raving review, saying “In this clip, the song’s melodic preamble also serves as an ominous backdrop for a creepy, would-be predator who’s lurking outside a playground where young children are frolicking. The day is overcast, but something much darker is in the air, as a little girl leaves and the man stalks after her. When she unexpectedly skips off to a dark, abandoned warehouse, he continues to follow, eventually entering a room where she’s standing alone, holding a telephone receiver. The keyboards suddenly fade into a glitchier groove, and then, at the 1:25 mark, well, you gotta see for yourself.” (Source: Spin)

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Possible trigger warning. As with all of the content we post, the songs in the Every Day In May campaign should be listened to at your own discretion. Some may make you feel uplifted and others may make you feel angry, disturbed, or disgusted. The songs should also be considered not safe for work.

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