Following on from 2020’s ‘All Hail To Your Queen’ single, Bristol based atmospheric alternative pop quartet, Ålesund, has released their newest single ‘Lightning’. It’s a track taken from their upcoming EP, A Thread In The Dark.
The single was released on the 26th of February but the experience has been completed with the later release of a video, the combined experience is a cinematic expression of all the feelings you have during your life when making big choices and the impact of those choices, at the same time as watching the waves slowly crash on the shore which strangely allows you to feel everything will be just fine.
Focusing on the music, straight away there are two qualities which hit out at you. Firstly, the smooth and comforting tones on this humble alternative pop arrangement that follows the clapping sequence at the opening of the track, it allows the spotlight to shine upon lead singer Alba Torriset hypnotic vocal ability.
Half way through Alesund provides a tempo change which the record was calling out for, a slight change which has a massive impact, you know the one we are talking about where you clean your windows and amazingly you can see the world so much clearer.
‘Lightning’ is a song with a steady flow that ebbs in different directions to show the dynamic lyrical display and the impact of feelings of uncertainty during a decision which needs to be made. This track is perfect to unwind at the end of the week and slip comfortably into the relaxing weekend!
Written by Kess Anthony