"Desert Island Lover," the new song from Toronto singer/songwriter BAD CHILD, might sound like it's trapped in a bad situation, but the music itself is anything but static. The jangly percussion of latter-day Tom Waits mixes with the tense pop compositions of alt-J to translate the song's heartache into a beachside party with a tidal wave on the horizon.
For the song's premiere today on The FADER, BAD CHILD emailed us about the song's themes and how they fit into his upcoming record, FREE TRIAL. "The track (and the album) are sort of an anti-romance. I'm trying to tap into the idea of how we've become so focused on personal gain that we've become dishonest with others and ourselves. 'Desert Island Lover' is about that jealously and how that can trap people — It can be debilitating. It's about becoming comfortable in your situation and not realizing how bad it is. To me it was about a string of dishonest relationships I had that fucked me up pretty good."