Gifted singer/songwriter TOTEM offered an intriguing preview of his upcoming third studio EP with “Staring At The Sun.” TOTEM explores an dynamic blend of R&B, electropop, and dance that’s on perfect display with “Staring At The Sun,” in which he sings tenderly over dark synths and a gyrating bassline. It’s the kind of music that rings true to TIME‘s assertion that TOTEM is “more of an enigma than your standard pop idols.”
There’s nothing particularly confusing about the vibes “Staring At The Sun” elicits, whether it’s the song or the video that highlights the perfect romantic day under the sun. His lithe voice soars over the mysterious soundscape, longing for romance and telling the object of his affection that “you leave a mark like a tattoo.” There’s no established date for TOTEM’s upcoming EP, but “Staring At The Sun” is an alluring appetizer for the artist who has gained 13 million streams – and counting.
You can stream “Staring At The Sun” here.