TUNE Night House - Blackout
Brighton-based Night House will release their spellbinding debut album, Everyone Is Watching From Afar, out on 27th March 2020 via Back in The Woods Records.
Blending electronic beats, orchestral arrangements and lyric-driven song-writing, Night House has a sound that is almost spiritual; beautiful, uplifting ethereal harmonies meld with modern electronica to create a warm, intelligent sound that is reminiscent of Björk and Wild Beasts, with lead singer Nicholas Williams aptly described by Radio Reverb as a “falsetto Tom Waits”.
The collective draw from a wide range of influences marrying the electronic work the likes of which James Blake and Radiohead are renowned for, with the folk harmonies of Sufjan Stevens, Joni Mitchell, and Bon Iver.
“Blackout is about jealously and the dark state of mind that it can take you to. It was written after a dramatic night out, focusing on how we can lose our perception of reality when our emotions are taken over by insecurity,” says Williams of the track, on which he combines the mistrusting lyrics with a blurred late night club vibe. As the song progresses we hear more electronic beats and dark, swirling synths, until eventually we land with a four on the floor beat in the second chorus. “The song is about that moment of seeing your partner dancing with someone else, but did you see it right? Or are you just projecting your own jealously and insecurity into the situation. Basically it’s an existential-crisis-millennials’ “Careless Whisper”.”
Co-produced and mixed by Dan Brown (Massive Attack, Jerry Williams, Luca), the album was written during a period of family bereavement. The personal lyrics drift over warm strings and clarinets, where layered vocal harmonies meet icy synthesizers and electronic beats. The unique record also features performances from a range of Brighton artists, including the lead vocals and harp of acclaimed songwriter Ellie Ford on “The Roots in the Wires”.
Night House have gained recognition throughout the past 12 months across several singles from the forthcoming album – picking up support from tastemakers such as M-Magazine (PRS for Music), Clash Magazine, BBC Radio, The Vinyl District and Come Here Floyd, as well as videos premiering on Attitude Magazine and God is in the TV.
Live, Night House have supported many notable artists including Ben Howard, Willy Mason, Solomon Grey, Krystle Warren and The Magic Numbers. Road testing the material for Everyone Is Watching From Afar took the band on four European tours, including headline shows upstairs at Ronnie Scot's Jazz Club as well as sell out home town shows at Brighton’s St Nicholas and Unitarian churches. They've performed at many festivals including at The Great Escape, Rhythm Tree, The Isle of Wight and Ynot.