On his sunny-yet-macabre song "Clear Bones," Los Angeles-based artist Jean Dawson pleads with death. "Mr. Reaper, will you wait on me?" he sings, asking to have a bit more time. It's a genuine request, and Dawson has reason to ask it.
On a recent call with MTV News, the 24-year-old Dawson mentions a time in his past — "breaking shit, burning shit" — when he lived more carelessly. "A lot of it is fun and games, and you don't realize, oh shit, I could die," he said. "Like, yo, I've done a lot of shit where I could have been killed, and I haven't yet. So it's probably time where I become way more cognizant of the stuff that I'm doing, or I'm going to end up meeting Mr. Reaper." This may explain certain aspects of the song's music video, like the pixelated dirt that obscures his body and, eventually, the giant pole through his chest. "Me thinking about my own mortality, or coming into grips with my own mortality, is [me] growing up."