On every end of the music spectrum, addiction is a malevolent and omnipresent cultural reality—EDM, especially, not withstanding. ILLENIUM‘s newest song, “Take You Down,” traces the seemingly hopeless narrative of an addict, while maintaining that, with adequate support, anything can be overcome. “Take You Down” is a hauntingly poignant depiction of the depths of despair, though simultaneously illuminating the beauty inherent in choosing to fight for one’s life. Desperate lyrics told though enduring female vocals are interrupted by a redemptive, altogether arresting melody that serves as a sonic representation of hope—which in ILLENIUM’s case, is music itself.
The 27-year-old artist took to Twitter recently to speak candidly about his longtime battle with opiates, the music that saved him, and the new track. He stated that he owes his sobriety first and foremost to music, as well as to the unrelenting support of his mother and those closest to him. ILLENIUM’s symbol, the phoenix, which he also fashioned a song after, becomes clearer when considering his story—as the bird often symbolizes rebirth and a metaphorical rising from the ashes. Listen to “Take You Down” below.