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Filmless Film Music (MP3)

Tracking the path of "I'll Leave a Light On" by Slow Dancing Society

It’s difficult not to hear Slow Dancing Society‘s “I’ll Leave a Light On” as the score to an unseen film. It at once bears the hallmarks of something traditionally musical — guitar figures, a slowly progressing melodic bed — and yet employs those elements in a manner more driven by atmospheric intent than by anything approximating a song impulse. The guitar parts repeat until they take on rhythmic, percussive purpose, and that underlying bed becomes a wash of sound. As the track progresses, it doesn’t develop melodically as much as it transforms. The opening section becomes a swell that reveals a clanging, anxious, metallic climax, which then begins a slow, extended fade. The track is from the album Laterna Magica, due out August 15 from the Hidden Shoal record label.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/hidden_shoal. More from Slow Dancing Society, aka Drew Sullivan, at slowdancingsociety.bandcamp.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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