The Nashville indie rock quartet Pale Lungs made waves on the local rock scene last year with their release of the tender emo-meets-shoegaze EP Strawberry. Their second EP, Grow Towards The Sun, is being self-released on September 21 and will be followed by a tour with support from Runaway Brother. The project is an exploration of self-growth, with the title of the first single "Komorebi" also focusing on the theme of light.
The Japanese word komorebi has no direct equivalent in English, but is often roughly translated to "the sunshine filtering through the trees." The band described the track as reliving "a missed opportunity and connection. It reminisces and romanticizes specific moments and details the feelings associated with them." The details of longing embedded within the lyricism, like the chorus line "replace me with the salt from the sea," shine through the guitar-driven arrangements to create an emotive and exceptional track that manages to show stylistic growth while also remaining true to Pale Lungs' sound.