Dead Light is the brainchild of Anna Rose Carter and Ed Hamilton. When the duo left London for the quieter English countryside in 2014, they began work on a debut record, attempting to capture the tension between their old place and their new. The band's eponymous LP, forthcoming via Village Green, is informed by that cognitive dissonance. Today EARMILK is premiering the album's fourth track, "Falling In," a paragon of those contrasts.
From afar, "Falling In" is an ambient piano piece. Minimalist and gentle. But buried within are the vestiges of London. A spectral noise that lingers at the periphery. Pitches skewed a few microtones, adding a subtle dissonance to each note. The rhythmic clicks of the city's ceaseless ticking. To get these effects, Dead Light employ a menagerie of analogue equipment: tape delays, homemade synthesizers, old Russian microphones, 1950s tube pre-amps. So don't be fooled by the ostensible simplicity of its minimalism. There's so much depth here. And, truly, how else could anyone explore something so complex as identity in the throes of transition? Life is complicated. Change is hard. Ambivalence is perilous. Such is "Falling In," a poignant, yet hopeful, awareness of these facts.