The Northern Light – “As Stars Burn”

Cover Art: Scott Burkhalter

“As Stars Burn” is a rousing new single from The Northern Light, a Seattle-based trio. David Pollon’s songwriting impresses throughout, escalating from jangly mystique into a commanding rock ferocity. The opening lines — “on top of the world,” — consume amidst the trickling guitars, capturing the simultaneous excitement and unease within a new relationship.

The culminating, title-touting chorus engages with a chilling, forlorn quality — especially with the punctuating “the light in your eyes is like staring into the sun.” Icy guitar tones and a bustling, reflective bass drive into a soaring guitar solo thereafter, electrifying with its soaring excitement into a final title-bearing reprisal. “As Stars Burn” impresses with its melodic escalation and confident vocal presence, marking another success from the act.

The band elaborate on the track:

“As Stars Burn explores the intense feelings of a new relationship. As we fall into the orbit of a new passion the sense of giving yourself away comes with a feeling of loss of control. Rational thought cannot escape the intensity of joy, fear, pain and exhilaration.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

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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