Brooklyn Band Earthquake Lights Release Jazzy New Single "Moonlight"
The last time we covered Earthquake Lights, the guys had just delivered a dreamy live performance of “The Fix.” Now, as if they knew we just couldn’t wait any longer for more from them, the Brooklyn-based indie band are gearing up to release their debut album, Distress Signals, in just a few months.
Today, we’re happy to give a little love to Earthquake Lights’ new single, “Moonlight,” off the upcoming record, along with its pretty music video. Hear what Myles and Steve from Earthquake Lights have to say about the production process of “Moonlight” and how the filming of its video went:
The video for “Moonlight,” directed by Minu Park, plays out like a movie. This is unsurprising because the theatrical style of Earthquake Lights’ work begs for cinematic placement, but the caliber of Park’s work here is overwhelming. Like the guys told us, “Moonlight” tells the story of two sisters separated in the woods — through soft, bokeh-ridden cinematography and shots of dreamy detail, we watch a frantic search unfold. A lush serenity descends on the video despite the quest, due in equal parts to the film treatment and the music.
“Moonlight” opens with the tender plink of keys and thump of percussion swelling in the distance before Myles’ clean vocals come in. The piece starts off with minimal melody, jazzy interludes giving flavor to the pulse happening beneath. A minute in, new waves of instrumentation start to roll in — there’s an otherworldly tone reverberating now, plumes of glowing synth and the soft sear of strings seeming to dance together among the sonic space. For the rest of the track, Earthquake Lights soar through a composition equal parts grandiose and mellow, each bit of jazzified delicacy merging to spin an ethereal effort from a band with endless talent to offer.
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