PopMatters is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Final Light,” the new single from melancholic Swedish outfit, THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT, formed by current and former members of Katatonia, October Tide, and Letters From The Colony. The song is delivered in an official video, weeks ahead of the Pale Season album’s worldwide release through Debemur Morti Productions in late June.
THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT‘s second album, Pale Season was recorded at Valley Sound Studio/Nailvillage, mixed by guitarist Alexander Backlund at Nailvillage, mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, and completed with cover art by Denis Forkas and design by Kadriel Betsen.
With the debut of their epic new video for “Final Light,” which was directed by Dronicon Films, THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT‘s Alexander Backlund notes, “‘Final Light’ is about the relativity of time. It can feel as if life is slowing down while time is speeding up, or vice versa. We all get caught in the clasp of stagnation sometimes, and it’s important to recognize and act upon it. Time is a finite resource. I really enjoy the instrumentation as it captures elements I like from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. You got the roaring organs, the big hair-metal guitars in the middle 8 section together with a grunge-like heaviness and aggression.”
Of the new video itself, Backlund offers, “Dronicon Films did an amazing job on the video as well. It’s a different angle, but visually it just works so well together with the overall texture and ambience of the song. At times it kind of looks like the cover art for the album, Dirt, by Alice in Chains, but with an Argentinian viking shaman.”
Alongside the video’s premiere, PopMatters writes in part, “…the new single/video from the album spotlights the group’s brand of melancholic progressive rock with sublime riffs and rhythms that will appeal to fans of Katatonia as well as those who appreciate the delightfully strange turns of Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater. But THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT is arguably more accessible than all that, raising the question: What if contemporary bands in the genre crafted radio hits like their forefathers in Yes? Anthemic without being stupid, smart without being pretentious, THENIGHTTIMEPROJECTprovides an exhilarating listen with this track.”
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Debemur Morti Productions will release THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT‘s Pale Season on CD, LP, and all digital platforms worldwide on June 28th. Preorders are available at the label’s North American webshop HERE and the Euro shop HERE, and the digital via Bandcamp where prior single “Embers” is playing HERE.
Melancholic progressive rock quartet THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT is comprised of Fredrik and Mattias Norrman, (guitars and bass, respectively), who spent fifteen years in Katatonia, and are now also active in October Tide, as well as guitarist/vocalist Alexander Backlund and drummer Jonas Sköld, who both also currently hold rank in Letters From The Colony.
The title of their second album, Pale Season does not refer to the eight months where the weather in Sweden is a signature grey. Instead, it refers to those less-colorful patches of memory – years that fly by without anything spectacular happening, which pale in comparison to the vividness of one’s childhood or the early days of romance. This, in other words, is an album for all those moments lost in between the extremes of the emotional spectrum. Elements of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Anathema, Katatonia, and A Perfect Circle combine to create a record that is sublime in every way. A paean to melancholia, Pale Season is also not without its moments of physical and emotional heft and will launch THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT on to the international stage.