After our recent festival excesses at Primavera and Raw Power, lying light in the quiet sounds like an appealing idea, while recovery is downright essential. However, neither of these concepts sound quite as good as Quebec’s Lying Light in the Quiet and their track ‘Recovery’, taken from the album of the same name – even if it does lend itself well to situations where extreme levels of aural tranquillity are required.
Not that ‘Recovery’ is just another lazy injection of downtempo chill, mind – quite the opposite. The duo, consisting of Alex Stooshinoff and Zachary Knuttila, hail from one of the most musically adventurous cities in the world, Montreal, and this is reflected in a piece of music that travels down several tributaries. It opens with some ambient acupressure consisting of fluttering synth arpeggios, but the fluffy cotton clouds start to darken as we approach the two-minute mark. Suddenly a rainbow blooms through the thunder in the form of a gorgeous synth-sprayed beat that recalls the likes of Yppah, Odd Nosdam and Teebs, before fading back into nothingness.
It’s an invigorating progression that finds a fine foil in the form of a new video, which we’re delighted to premiere today (see above). Featuring shrouded figures in front of a psychedelic backdrop, its misty, gently distorted composition suits ‘Recovery’ perfectly, providing a nice contrast with the almost disturbingly ambient war scenes of their last video, ‘Carrion’. We asked Lying Light in the Quiet for a few words on the creation of ‘Recovery’…
“‘Recovery’ picks up where ‘Carrion’ left off. While ‘Carrion’ is about a sickness of the spirit and death as a metaphor for change, ‘Recovery’ is the healing that follows the destruction – a rebirth; naked and unarmoured. It is the most coherent piece of music on the album – the conclusion of the process when wholeness and structure are achieved. ‘Recovery’ is the most seminal track on the album not only because it marks the conclusion, but also because the three movements within the song mirror the progression of the whole record itself.”
You can buy Lying Light in the Quiet’s Recovery on several formats via Bandcamp, and we recommend you do.
Words: Kier Wiater Carnihan
Photo: Emily Kohlert