Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Night Drive - Rise and Fall



One of my favorite things is to have music sent to me from an artist. They have put themselves out there and are kind of standing in a vulnerable place looking for praise and acceptance from a stranger. I think that's how we go through so many interactions in our lives. We put our best out there and hope that someone sees it and likes it. I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted via twitter by Houston based synthpop duo Night Drive with a simple tweet saying, "We think you'll like this" and they were damn right. I liked the hell out of it. So much so that I've listened to it every day since they tweeted me.  I checked out their bio and it says this, "Night Drive co-founders, Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon met after a young woman they were both unknowingly dating was killed in a car crash. The tragic event bonded the two, and shortly afterwards they began a musical collaboration. Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, Night Drive creates modern synth-pop that explores the darker currents of abstract emotion."  Damn. That's a lot. But it gives you a bit of understanding as to where they are coming from and what they are processing through their art.

"Rise and Fall" is the first offering from their upcoming debut LP and it's fucking brilliant. The song is just this amazing piece of music. It's got this quality that grabs you up and you take off running. You kind of have to keep pace with it or you're going to get left behind. It's just so well done in the production that by the time you catch your breath, the song is over and you're ready to start it over.
You can hear a little Brian Eno in the vocals and this is something that Roxy Music would totally get behind if they had a day in which they were feeling a little happier about their experience.

The song is this melancholic event that maps the course of a break up. Two people have grown apart and the snowball has started down the hill and the avalanche is inevitable and all you can do is watch it. There's no way to stop what's been put into motion and you are helpless even though you know it's not what's best. It's heartbreaking and it's horrible but it's part of life sometimes. You can't keep the bad from happening sometimes and we need the bad to happen so that the good is balanced out and we have the opportunity to know what we have lived and what we are experiencing.  You have to temper both sides so that you can stay in perspective.  The beat and the underlying track is gorgeous. It just propels you through the song in a rapid fire delivery that is amazing.  I really love this sound and I love that they tackle the not so easy stuff in life. We need that in our music because life isn't all sunshine and rainbows.

Go to your favorite online music distribution source and buy this track. You won't regret it.