As a blogger, I receive an incomprehensibly large amount of music over the course of a calendar year but, to be honest with you, out of everything I receive there are few albums that I’ll come across that speak to me on a deeply personal level – and in a way that has felt as though every song has spoken to me about things I’ve known, experienced and felt, and expressed in a way that feels as though the songwriter and his band were in my head. Released earlier this year, Milagres’s sophomore effort, Violent Light, is a decided and radical change in sonic direction for the Brooklyn-based band as the material owes a debt to 80s synth-based rock and pop (i.e., Scary Monsters-era David Bowie, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel), as much as it does to R&B and contemporary indie rock, and done in a way that’s not just striking but deeply haunting – while sounding unlike any other record I’ve heard this year.
And what makes this album so striking? Why am I so passionate about it? Well, Violent Light is an album that is centered around an ambivalent and dynamic dichotomy – many of the songs express a plaintive, aching vulnerability and need in a very direct, intimate fashion. While at other times, the material speaks about love and lust with equal amounts of longing, suspicion and bitterness. And it’s tied together with surreal almost nightmarish imagery that includes the grit and grime of New York, and the sort of imagery that sounds inspired by the Romantic-era poetry of a Percy Shelley or a William Blake (i.e., think rocky English crags in the rain).
Certainly, for whose who have found themselves picking up the pieces in th aftermath of long-term relationship that’s failed, the sort of things Violent Light evokes should feel familiar – the first being the recognition that as much as we may want and desire love and companionship that those things rarely make much sense; that we often never could quite explain or assess why we’re drawn to the people of our lives; and perhaps, the most troubling for us, that despite the endless transitions of our lives, that the ghosts of our pasts taunt and haunt us.
But back to the album and the business at hand. “Terrifying Sea” is Violent Light’s latest single and the song expresses the doubts and insecurities that come up within the start of a relationship and the desperate desire to connect with another person.
The band just released the lyric video for the song which includes some rather strange imagery that manages to fit the song.
there’s this recognition that as much as you may desperately desire love and companionship, those two things very rarely make sense. We often don’t know the motivations for why we feel drawn to people as we do, and we often find ourselves in the push and pull of the transitions of life — all while the ghosts of our past occasionally haunt and taunt us …