TOKiMONSTA Unveils Surrealist Video For “Giving Up”

The ghostly, heart-broken track features Jonny Pierce of The Drums.

April 27, 2016

It was a surprise to see The Drums vocalist Jonny Pierce's name on the tracklist of L.A. producer TOKiMONSTA's recent release, Fovere, but the track he appears on, "Giving Up," is gauzy and haunted, pretty and sad, and affecting. Today TOKiMONSTA has unveiled a surrealist video for the track, which reenacts the waning relationship Pierce that describes—It took me a minute to find the truth/ I'm giving up, I'm giving up on me and you. There is a tense dinner table scene, and kaleidoscopic imagery. Watch above.

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Speaking on how this unlikely collaboration came to be, TOKiMONSTA told The FADER that she had long admired Jonny's work from afar. “His music has always been inspiration to me, though we are probably seen as artists that exist in different areas of the musical spectrum," she wrote in an email. "Us being able to work together signifies that breaking barriers can result in some pretty cool stuff.”

Watch the video for "Giving Up" above; Fovere is out now via TOKiMONSTA's own imprint Young Art Records.

TOKiMONSTA's upcoming tour dates:

Apr 28 Calgary, AB - Habitat Living Sound
Apr 29 Vancouver, BC - MIA
Apr 30 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
May 04 Washington, DC - Soundcheck DC
May 05 Boston, MA – Royale Boston
May 19 Miami, FL - Bardot
May 20 Dallas, TX - Green Elephant 520
May 21 Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
May 28 Bradley, CA - Lightning in a Bottle
Jun 01 Denver, CO - Vinyl
Jun 02 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
Jun 03 Albuquerque, NM - Sister Bar
June 4: Mountain View, CA - 105 BFD @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Jun 10 Cologne, Germany - CBE
Jun 11 Vienna, Austria - Cafe Leopold
Jun 12 Rome, Italy - Spring Attitude Festival
Jun 18 Stuttgart, Germany - Freund & Kupferstecher
Jun 23 Zurich, Switzerland - Stall 6
Jun 24 Tel Aviv, Israel - The Block
Jun 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Theaterzaal
Jul 23 New York, NY - Panorama Music and Arts Festival
Aug 05-07 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Sep 02-04 Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot

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