King Dude is sad, man. That’s the impression we get from his new single “You Can Break My Heart,” at least. The best classification for his music would probably be “drone-country,” but that doesn’t nearly do this track justice. A slow-churning solo guitar shot, “You Can Break My Heart” shows shades of emotive, deep-voiced greats such as Leonard Cohen, as well as the dynamic expressiveness of David Bowie, as filtered through some sort of unholy chopped-and-screwed experience. King Dude is also the head honcho of the gothy, streetwear-ish clothing brand Actual Pain, and his clothing gives off the same ominous vibes as his music.
King Dude sounds downright depressed, giving off the weary vibes of men used to climbing mountains and chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions and stuff, men who want nothing more than to have someone to hold them in their arms after days spent completing impossible feats of strength—the king of dudes, just wanting his queen dudette, if you will. But King Dude is alone, and we feel for him. “You can break my heart/Just please don’t break the rest of me,” the chorus of this laments. After hearing this, we don’t want to do either to the guy.