Lamplight – ‘Lamplight’

Lamplight shares the title track from their self-titled debut album

Lamplight image via Joshua H. Chang

Lamplight, the musical project of Ian Hatcher-Williams, drops the evocative title track single ‘Lamplight’ from his upcoming self-titled debut album, scheduled for release this Friday through Western Vinyl.

Inspired by a moment of vulnerability, the song captures the essence of a deep emotional connection, reflecting on the finite nature of time and the desperate desire for more. The accompanying video, guided by the poem ‘Love Silhouetted by Lamplight’ by Mark Strand, further enhances the emotional resonance of the track.

Lamplight details the background of the song:

“Elizabeth and I were lying in bed, naked, way too stoned. Paranoia shapeshifted into one of the most intense experiences of longing I’d ever felt. We’d been together for 12 years and known each other for 20. Whether we live long healthy lives, or happen upon an early end, or we break up tomorrow, there is an end to this. In that moment, sobbing and inconsolable, no amount of time together was enough. Desperate, maybe there was consolation in reincarnation–maybe we would meet again and again and again and again. Weeks after I finished writing the song, Elizabeth showed me the poem ‘Love Silhouetted by Lamplight’ by Mark Strand, which she found by nothing but kismet. That day I decided to name the project Lamplight as well.”

While Lamplight contains elements reminiscent of traditional folk, it takes a modern turn, thanks to producer Kevin Copeland’s adept production skills. The album promises to weave a sonic tapestry that captures both the antique charm of traditional folk and the contemporary nuances of modern production. Hatcher-Williams’ vocals, soothing and enchanting, promise to guide the listener through this immersive musical experience.

The title track, ‘Lamplight,’ is out now. The self-titled debut album is out Friday, March 8th, 2024.

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