PREMIERE: FUNKILLER Contemplates Life Choices with “Divided Highway”

It’s the second single from the Launched Artists Digital Singles Series leading up to River Phoenix’s 50th birthday.

FUNKILLER is the solo moniker of David Gordon, a reclusive artist Moon Unit Zappa—his biographer for his new album Tropical Depression—calls “One part surf numen, one part stargazing thrash with a droning hypnotic interplay of rhythmic interruptions, discord and harmony.” The songs on TD  do have this star-gazey energy, sounding lost in the infinite abyss of a brightly dotted night sky. 

This spaced-out energy is on full display in the latest single from the record, the sparkling chamber-pop lullaby “Divided Highway,” which arrives with a dreamy visual documenting a day spent wandering a pre-pandemic New York City, stumbling through city parks, amusement parks, and symbolic busy streets.

“‘Divided Highway’ is the questioning of life choices,” Gordon shares, explaining the song’s title and theme. “Maintaining the delicate balance between mental health and marriage. Whether you feel deserving of love. The lyrics are both intensely personal and conceptually expansive. It’s about the desire to rebel against social norms, but to choose your adventures more wisely with age.”

Watch the video below and check them out tomorrow on the latest episode of LaunchLeft.


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