‘Moonlight’ is the latest release from Earthquake Lights, a delicate, hypnotic, and very appealing track built on a chord progression that teases resolution but never achieves it. It’s accompanied by a music video shot by prolific Korean-American artist, Minu Park, whose work has been recognised by the great Werner Herzog.
The harmonic underpinning of ‘Moonlight’ is what allows the song to radiate its sense of instability, and mystery. It’s helped in no small part by lead singer Myles Rodenhouse’s clear, pure vocals, which lead the listener through the track, while at the same time the rest of the band provide atmosphere, and colour.
‘Moonlight’, as well as the forthcoming album, ‘Distress Signals’, had its string parts recorded at Abbey Road Studios, in order to capture that truly classic sound. The rest was recorded at Rodenhouse’s Douglass Recording studio in Brooklyn, which has seen the likes of Cage The Elephant, Bombay Bicycle Club, and rapper Talib Kweli make records.
Minu Park is also a New York City artist, and his distinctive aesthetic finds its roots in a classic style. He’s a writer and cinematographer alongside his directorial duties, and has made documentaries, short movies, and fashion clips, as well as music videos.
In the video for ‘Moonlight’, we see two sisters who wander off into a forest – one is lured by a mysteriously unknown person, leaving the other helpless, trying to find her sister. It’s eerie, a little creepy, but very, very compelling.