Kyle Bates is a Portland-based musician who makes melancholic, wallowing yet gorgeous music as Drowse. The name is a nice encapsulation of the music he makes; sleepy, heavy-eyed, weight-of-the-world emotions brought to life through distorted guitars and delicate musicality. Drowse's second album Cold Air was written and recorded in a haze of trying times and bad ideas, with Bates having gone through experiences like a nose broken while blackout drunk, a seizure followed by feverish hallucinations, a father’s stroke, and the death of a close friend while working on the music that would become the album.

The new cut taken from the album, 'Klonopin', is an eerily beautiful rendering of the experience of being on the drug. At once heavy and sluggish, but allowing light to seep into those tired eyes, 'Klonopin' is both a depressive dirge and a beautiful piece of music wrapped up into an unusual package. It's like a soul yearning for human connection, but making not even the feeblest attempt to try to achieve it, instead remaining paralysed in the warmth of its own isolation. Trying to stick a genre tag on Drowse's music is futile, and the beguiling nature of 'Klonopin' is a perfect encapsulation of why that's the case.

Bates tells of the inspiration of the song, saying: "‘Klonopin’ is an epistle to benzodiazepines. In the song I wake up from drug induced sleep and imagine myself as the empty part of a shape imprinted in mud: a strange vision of shame. With this image in mind I ruminate on how I’m ashamed of the way I force a wall between myself and others--on the inside I’m passionate but I keep a cold, calculated distance from those I love. This fixation makes me anxiously waste my day, stumbling wistfully through my waking life until night comes and I can take klonopin to forget myself again."

Listen to 'Klonopin' below.

Drowse's new album Cold Air will be out on March 9th via The Flenser.