After plenty of anticipation, Earthquake Lights have now dropped their debut full-length, Distress Signals — and it lives up to the hype. Mixing jazzy nuance with rock sensibility, the New York band is carving out their own space in 2019 with a smooth vocal style and orchestral touches that feel timeless.
“So Far No Luck” is an anthem for moving forward in the face of adversity. Casual until it’s not, the track is rooted in concrete emotion and plays with subtle images. Vocal melodies carry the weight of melancholy, but the piano plays on happier chords that rise periodically into something grand. These are the moments that make you want to hop on a bike and ride into the night — which is exactly what the music video has lead singer Myles Rodenhouse doing.
City life, as vibrant as it is, can be rather distracting. If the creativity isn’t flowing, perhaps getting out and experiencing the world will help. Powering through snow and traffic and the stretch of night, Rodenhouse proves the method successful. He glimpses moments of other people as he goes, bringing their stories with him to the water.
Distress Signals was released on April 12th and can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music. You can also keep up with Earthquake Lights on their website, SoundCloud and Facebook page — or follow them on Twitter. Check out their clip for “Moonlight” here.