“Dume” by Indio Downey

"Dume" by Indio Downey is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
Indio Downey Photo by Elizabeth Miranda

Grunge-rock artist Indio Downey has shared his moody new single “Dume,” out now. Inspired by Indio’s past experience with addiction, “Dume” is a darkly enticing track about the seductive nature of self-destruction. Along with the single release, Indio is also announcing his debut EP Cigarettes In Bed, which arrives on January 19, 2024.

Haunting and atmospheric, “Dume” opens with a grimy bass line and keening guitars. Churning with relentless tension, the consistent percussion builds, undeterred, to the simmering chorus. Indio’s yearning vocals float over the track’s thrashing sonic underbelly and he battles the seemingly irresistible temptation of succumbing to a downward spiral. Clarity reigns in the song’s conclusion, with Indio acknowledging a desire to break free from the vicious cycle of addiction, singing “the more I give / the more you take / the more what was once was real turns fake.”

Indio shares about the song: “‘Dume’ is about past addiction. Doom is my biggest fear but within the context of the song it’s a metaphor for the fatal attraction to self-destruction. I also switched the spelling so that its a play on Point Dume in Malibu which is my inspiration spot. It was produced by Dan Omelio who wrote the music and we came up with the melody and lyrics together. He was such a pleasure to work with. I Hope people who hear this song remember that there is beauty in the darkness.”

“Dume” comes hot on the heels of the anthemic “Plastic Rainbow.”The classic punk sound which was a driving influence behind Cigarettes In Bed is evident in the infectious, unruly love song. Vigorous and playful, “Plastic Rainbow” effortlessly pairs an audacious, sticky guitar hook with heavy percussion to create a compelling, rebellious sound.

Stream “Dume” HERE.


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