As part of Adult Swim’s Singles Program, DΔWN (Dawn Richard) shared today the series’ third installment, “Serpentine Fire,” which brings us deeper into the genre-defying RED*empt*ion era. The new track, produced by Clark, sees the Danity Kane alumnus experimenting with various vocal effects, from more spacey echoing reverb to cyborg-sounding distortion. “Light the fire,” she repeats above a bouncy fluttering instrumental.
Sonically, this is a fitting move for the singer, who previously told BlackBook she loves playing with the vast genderless potential of a human voice: “I have a fanbase that’s transgender, that’s gay, that’s everything, so my music plays on falsetto and tenor vocals. Whether you listen to one record and see how high my falsetto can get or you listen to a record like, ‘Billie Jean,’ and hear these heavy tenor tones, it takes away the idea that I have to be a woman and gives me the opportunity to just be a voice—not a gender.”