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Still Life

by House of Light

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"House of Light’s new single “Still Life” - an electric lament that typifies their propensity to the dark & melancholic in epic fashion. Lyrical themes run deceptively deep, pitching the clash of longing to return to a state of natural & human innocence in the face of the forbidden fruit of technology’s onslaught using archtypal Jungian imagery. The riffs that dot this dark & dreamy terrain seem familiar but near-overflowing in an echoey sonics. Fear & hope elope together on a dysphoric path, while objects of desire await frozen in time.

The band rarely played the song live, describing it as “musically too intense to pull together right now” but post-plague tours will return on all shores. House of Light are described as born In Berlin & raised in LA though the main writer moved from Melbourne, Australia.

HoL’s shows have been attended by the likes of Frank Black of the Pixies & Andy Rourke of the Smiths who interviewed them on East Village Radio. The band flits between formations with member in several cities, as liquid & versatile as their music. Many of their songs work as well in violin-duets or solo, yet their domain sits firmly in some new romantic vision, likewise frozen in time but with a modern twist. On a good night live they croon & explode in their own night, often improvising on some of their free-form pieces.

The single foreshadows their album “Come Into My Night”, an array of synth & guitar drive songs, often catchy always elaborate sonically."

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Now the moon is full again
Of the promises we never keep
I want to see your face again
In the still life
In real time

Fast forward your fear (And your pharaoh heart)
And save what's seen (Will it ever bend)
Pause for effect (In the shade of the reed)
And rewind (At the river's end)
I want to see In time, in the waiting room
Your face this way In time I wait on you
In the still life In time, in the waiting room
In real time

You move me to you
Im moving to you too

Face to face again
Beginning and end
Tail to head
And the stars seem like familiar things
That the child brings
While there's still time

And I lose you in the everyday
But there's still time
In the still life.

You move me to you
And I move you to it too


released January 7, 2022

Written by: J M de Vries
Produced by: Martin Fiedler
Published by: Dark Escapes Publishing Pty Ltd
Distributed by: Dark Escapes Music Pty Ltd
Recorded in: Klangbild Studios in Berlin, Germany

Bass : Mark Kinchin
Drums : Chris Hughes


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