Cavetown has shared his new track “Sharpener” via Sire Records. The song is released alongside an intricate animated video directed by Cheng Qiu, which is a visual representation of one’s struggle with demons and self-harm, following a teenager and their imaginary friend who is a looming negative influence encouraging them to do bad things.
Cavetown explains, “Sharpener is about unhealthy coping mechanisms, the shame surrounding them, and how sometimes the need for them never truly goes away. But what does change is your self-control, and growing up involves replacing these things with healthier alternatives. Even so, the temptation can feel like a parasite hanging on no matter how hard you try to shake it off.”
“Sharpener” is the latest from Cavetown – real name Robin Skinner – following a string of collaborations, including “is your bedroom ceiling bored?” with Sody, “Smoke Signals” with Tessa Violet, “LEMONS” with Brye, and his version of “Was It Something I Said” with DIY labelmate MyKey, which was named in Billboard’s “10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week.”
He also recently co-wrote and produced mxmtoon’s critically-acclaimed 2019 album, The Masquerade and worked with Chloe Moriondo. Earlier this year, Cavetown released his major-label debut album, SLEEPYHEAD on Sire Records, featuring single “Sweet Tooth.”
Since launching Cavetown at age 14, the 21-year-old UK-based singer has racked up more than 250 million Spotify plays, nearly 5 million monthly Spotify listeners, and 1.5 million YouTube subscribers. He did so not with a viral hit or easy gimmicks, but rather pure heart, filling his YouTube channel with day-in-the-life, behind-the-scenes vignettes and covers. Coupled with his original, self-recorded music, Skinner’s unassuming-yet-captivating personality took the internet by storm, catapulting him to millions of streams and subscribers and stages around the world, including recent sold-out headline performances at venues like Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, New York City’s Webster Hall and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, as well as Reading & Leeds and TRNSMT Festival.