The Holy Mountain – “Searing Light”


Oslo-based band The Holy Mountain present a dreamy, synth-forward intrigue on new single “Searing Light,” described as “an explosive song about catharsis, leaving the darkness in favor of burning light.” The thematic uses of lightness and darkness echo a spiritual quality, aligning enjoyably with an aesthetic arsenal of gorgeous vocal soaring and hypnotic layers of synths amidst steady percussion. The prospect of entering the light can ultimately be uplifting, though also provides a risky endeavor — where one can be blinded by this described “space of tension,” where light can mean darkness and vice versa.

Catharina Janner Røed’s magnetic vocals enamor throughout, bolstered by the vibrant accordion from Andreas Angell and the heady synth atmospherics of Aleksander Tidemann. Pit-pattering percussion and swelling accordion converge with impactful allure following the lush vocal immersion, which re-emerges with blissful cohesion into the mid-point. “Searing Light” maintains a compelling atmospheric glow throughout, balancing dreamy pop introspection and electro-pop bustle with strongly memorable results.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Electronic.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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