The opening crowd cheers set the stage for the song, only to be disrupted by manic electronic transmissions and CMTEN’s intrusive thoughts, “Sit inside for the whole damn day, I don’t know what to do with my fucking life.”Grimtweakr’s reflective verse sees them coming to terms with their distressed contemplations.
The repetitive nature of the anxiety-filled chorus over glitchy feedback finds CMTEN and grimtweakr asking the rhetorical question, “Why everybody turn their back on me?” “turn ur back on me” arrives on the heels of his debut EP, MUSIC BOX, and is the first addition to a trilogy of upcoming releases.
About the song, CMTEN states, “turn ur back on me” is one of several tracks I made and posted on to an anonymous SoundCloud account. The intention of the account was to alleviate some of the pressure that having an audience creates. I wanted the whole thing to be less serious and focused than the stuff I released as CMTEN.
As such, the songs I made for the project ended up being significantly more fun for me to create. By making this song I wasn’t trying to do anything in particular; I was just making music for fun, with my friends. That’s why I love it so much.”
In the seventies, eighties, or nineties, this story might’ve started in a garage with a guitar… However, the genre-smashing artist, songwriter, producer/mixer, vocalist, and San Francisco Bay area native unassumingly turned his University of Utah dorm room into ground zero for Glitchcore in early 2020.
Translating a passion for old school pop punk and the likes of 100 gecs, Porter Robinson and Soundcloud Rap into a sound of his own, he uploaded “NEVER MET!” and organically attracted a groundswell of support to the tune of 53 million global streams, 1 million-plus TikTok videos, and more.
The track also peaked concurrently at #1 on the Spotify Global & US Viral charts. Not to mention, his ascent has been chronicled by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and The Atlantic. To date, he’s gathered over 55 million streams in matter of months making CMTEN one of the most impactful and impressive underground successful stories in recent years. Brace yourself for more from CMTEN soon!