ABOVE: DILLON. PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA WASSMANN
It was a state of despair that drove Brazilian-born and Berlin-based musical artist Dominique Dillon de Byington to begin writing at the tender age of 17, but eight years later, music and poetry are intrinsic parts of her life. For her debut album This Silence Kills in 2011, the singer/songwriter—better known simply as Dillon—drew inspiration from people such as Billie Holiday, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jeff Buckley. But for her sophomore effort, The Unknown, out this week, Dillon looked inward.
“After writing This Silence Kills, I was unable to write for a rather long time. I began to doubt myself and had to rearrange my perspective on writing,” Dillon says. “The Unknown is my attempt at creating a map of my inner self.”
Here, we are pleased to exclusively debut her song “Evergreen,” the seventh track on The Unknown. Introversion resonates throughout the song’s abstract lyrics, and her words invite meditation and self-reflection. As her lofty vocals, which are often compared to those of Lykke Li and Björk, transform words into poetry, we are offered a glimpse into personal landscapes that Dillon discovered while writing the album.
“It was very difficult for me to write,” Dillon recalls. “Every poem on The Unknown was written in early morning hours. Every poem was a struggle. But for now I won the war.”
Contrasting the eponymous reputation of her record label BPitch Control Records, Dillon’s music remains calm with subtle melodies and pianist compositions; she offers a place of solace amongst the label’s more traditional electronic music.
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