Indie-folk Duo The Light The Heat Explore the Intricacies of Love on New EP ‘Morning Light’
October 1, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Today, cinematic indie-folk duo The Light The Heat release Morning Light, the seven-song exploration into the intricacies of romance. Vocalist Nathan Horst is at his most vulnerable, detailing the bond with his wife told through warm melodies and honest lyrics that are teeming with nostalgic energy. Together with Jesse Proctor’s atmospheric and inventive instrumentals, The Light The Heat give listeners an immersive experience. Listen to Morning Light on all digital retailers (here).
“Morning Light is about the journey of love,” the band shares. “The highs and lows, the simple/mundane moments and the epic adventures. It’s learning what it looks like to walk with a lover for a lifetime.”
The Light The Heat’s new EP Morning Light is due out September 30th via Nettwerk.
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The Light The Heat crystallizes the union of two complementary creative perspectives, two minds, and two hearts. Nathan Horst and Jesse Proctor speak the same musical language in their own respective dialects and accents. Moving forward in harmony together, the pair balance immersive production, eloquent folk instrumentation, and elevated songcraft. Generating nearly 30 million-plus streams and receiving acclaim from Variance Magazine, Big Takeover, and more, they fortify the strength of their bond.
Meeting in 2014, they initially wrote music for film and television behind-the-scenes. 2017 saw them form The Light The Heat and unveil the Silhouettes EP. They gained traction with their full-length debut, Wide Awake, during 2020. “All For You” eclipsed 6.3 million Spotify streams, and “Rest Of Our Lives” generated north of 4.5 million Spotify streams. During 2021, they joined forces with Nashville-based composer and producer Roary for the Afterlight EP. Of the title track, Variance Mag claimed, “‘Afterlight’ is a reminder of what is good and overall brighter days. It’s a welcome sentiment at any time, but it’s very much necessary in this moment.” Additionally, The Big Takeover hailed “Waking Up” as “powerful and cathartic.”
Despite the distance between them with Nathan in Harrisburg, PA and Jesse in Tacoma, WA, they maintained this artistic momentum on Morning Light, writing and recording remotely, yet spiritually in lockstep. They both agreed on a more organic approach.
“The last EP ended up being pretty slick, so our response was to do an EP that was more raw, less produced, and a little sparser,” says Nathan. “We were on the same page, and it came together pretty quickly.”
“We left space for each element to be heard,” agrees Jesse. “It was a fun challenge to keep it simple and showcase the songs. We tried to create a world and let listeners sink into it.”
In the end, The Light The Heat’s union shines brighter than ever on Morning Light.
THE LIGHT THE HEAT IN THE PRESS…
“Enjoy The Light The Heat’s emotionally raw indie-folk — Feel the palpable honesty in the vocals as the strings build up all around…”
“Continuing with their exquisite take on the indie-folk genre… constructing a gorgeously rich and cinematic musical experience that is utterly sublime…”
“Especially as so much of the world tries to emerge from difficult times, while still facing so much heartache and uncertainty, “Afterlight” is a reminder of what is good and overall brighter days.”
“Powerful and cathartic, the band emotes a feeling of reconciliation and renewal.”
“…The layered folk instrumentation and vocals are absolutely captivating…”
–Ear to The Ground Music
“…a beautiful and spacious hook that helps the song become a part of you after that first listen…”
1. Belong with You
2. Sun Paints the Sea
3. Fool For Your Love
4. Steady Me
5. Home to You
6. Morning Light
7. Bloom (Paper Kites Cover – Live)