Los Angeles-based singer and producer, Deaton Chris Anthony has teamed up with BENEE to create a new chiptune-inspired song about “growing pains” and self-reflection in a society where money is all that matters. This track is the newest single coming from Anthony’s debut album, SID THE KID, releasing on July 29th under Dirty Hit.
Known for his nostalgic R&B and synth-heavy sound, Anthony taps into his personal childhood experiences for this single and music video, as well as BENEE, a New Zealand-native indie pop-star. In regards to the song, Anthony said,
“Kansas was home for me all of my life before I moved to Los Angeles. Kansas is where I thought I was meant to do one thing and one thing only. Bowl. At the age of 12, I placed the highest score in my age group in all of Kansas. 246. I went on to become bowling captain in High School and demolished my high score with a 286 at regionals. As the years went by, I never could beat my high score. Those 14 missed pins haunted me. A 300 is every bowler’s dream! I thought bowling was my purpose but I was wrong. Moving to Los Angeles crushed my bowling career and my life became a rat race. Becoming the worlds biggest pop star isn’t easy after all. It’s brutal. It’s war. I’ve learned so much over the years recording music but I have to be honest, these days all I can think about is bowling.”
Produced by Anthony, Baeseck, and G. Shin, the tune brings you back to the background music of 90s video games and emotional synth waves from the 80s.
The lyrics, on the other hand, dive deep into the current status of our daily lives that forces people to spend their money on materialistic things to keep them from being exiled. However, it’s not the adults that are talking. It’s the popular kids in grade-school that are running the show.
We can never forget those awkward and frustrating moments of our middle school lives. With lines like, “If I don’t have cash, am I lame?” and “You were nicer when you were young with no change,” BENEE showcases how money is a dominating factor in what clique you get confined to.
Fortunately for the rest of us, a music video directed by Justice Vaughn Ott inspired by childhood trauma at the bowling alley and the chemical sludge that we call soda, accompanies this release.
Stream “Good Buy My Old Life” now.
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