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R&B singer DEAN portrays loneliness and monotony in life through “Dayfly”

April 22, 2019 – Kristin Esber

After the meaningful track “Instragram,” R&B singer DEAN is back with song called “Dayfly.”

Before the singer turned a year older, he released the single “Dayfly” in November 2018. It featured artists former idol group f(x) member Sulli, Rad Museum, and additional vocals from the Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar. 

The track talks about regrets, mistakes and empty feelings one can have after casual physical relationships. And so almost four months after the first teaser was released, the music video of his song “Dayfly” is finally, finally out. 









The MV started with DEAN coming out of the car then destroying and setting it on fire. With him were Rad Museum and some other men. There is a light inside the car, and then a system error message was shown on the screen. After, DEAN falls into the water but later can be seen inside the destroyed car. 








The music video ended with a shot of a paused car video game that he was playing in the prologue teaser, which was released three days prior. A voice of a woman singing can also be heard at the end which is a snippet of an upcoming collaboration with singer MISO. The music video also talks about being like a character in a 16-bit game where you can only do the same moves over and over again and go to the same places. When the game ends, it goes back to the beginning just like it also is for a life cycle of a dayfly, an insect that has a lifespan of a day.







You really can count on this artist for a song and accompanying music video that are both deep and full of metaphors. You can rely on him to make songs people of this generation can relate too. Just like the character of his music video and the message of his song, some people seem to be stuck in their monotonous lives that comprises of busy work schedules, aimless living, and bad relationships. Their situations never change. There are regrets. There are mistakes. And yet, those mistakes are being repeated over and over again just like going back to the start of a game. 




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