The Light The Heat & Roary Offer Tender Reconciliation With New Song “Waking Up”

October 8, 2021 BY Nettwerk

Today, cinematic indie folk duo The Light The Heat and collaborator Roary offer another glimpse into their forthcoming new EP, Afterlight, with new single “Waking Up.” Songwriter and vocalist Nathan Horst comes to terms with faults in his personal relationships that were brought to the forefront during the onset of the pandemic. “Through those times I’ve learned to take ownership… and continually focus on personal growth. I want to be healthy for my family.”

With an impassioned message of reconciliation, “Waking Up” continues the EP’s theme of positivity and hope that was introduced with lead single “Afterlight.” The band’s new EP Afterlight us due out November 19th via Nettwerk Records. Listen to “Waking Up” on digital retailers HERE.


Nathan and Jesse initially met in 2014 and collaborated on music for film and television. Locking into a groove, the pair unveiled the Silhouettes EP during 2017 as The Light The Heat. Following a series of singles and the holiday Back to the Start EP, the band served up their full-length debut, Wide Awake, in 2020. “All For You” amassed over 5 million Spotify streams, while “Rest of Our Lives” generated north of 3.5 million streams as “Endless Story” also crossed the 1 million-mark. After hearing the title track “Wide Awake,” Nashville artist-producer Roary reached out on Instagram. He sent over an instrumental, and The Light The Heat immediately embraced the vibe.

Together, they assemble ponderous cinematic indie folk out of lush instrumentation, thought-provoking lyrics, and soft harmonies. For as much as the music reveals about its creators, it might just show you a thing or two about yourself. “For us, 2020 was a year of reflection,” observes Nathan. “We found ourselves and woke up like, ‘How can we become our true selves and not just be spectators, but actually get involved?’ It encouraged a lot of self-reflection.”