David Rosen – “Back Into the Dark”

David Rosen impressed this past fall with the engrossing “Butterfly“, where an ominous space-y beginning evolved into hypnotic ’80s synth arps reminiscent of the Stranger Things soundtrack. It was my introduction to an artist with a serious grasp for atmosphere and stellar melodic build-ups. The track was off his album Head Like Fire, which is also host to the track “Back Into the Dark”, for which Rosen just released a very engrossing stop-motion video for. The style fits his aesthetic perfectly, showing haunting yet alluring visuals that mesh cohesively with his evolving soundscapes.

The last track on the album, “Back Into the Dark” follows his tradition of creating grandiose album closers. “I’ve always loved when an album has an epic finale, and I feel like by combining the menacing rhythm of this pitch-black track with big The Cure-style guitars, it would create something dark, beautiful and memorable,” Rosen explains. As far as the video goes, “stop-Motion animation is something I’ve always wanted to work on, so being able to collaborate with visual artist Bea Landers on a video like this was a dream come true. It’s especially awesome because of the dark visuals she brought to the project, which fits perfectly with the kind of art I like to create.”

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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