Friday, April 19 2024

As the holiday cheer fades and ‘Blue Monday’ has just passed, people are seeking a glimmer of light in the midst of this post-festive gloom. They are re-evaluating their values, reflecting on the past year, and contemplating how to approach the new one. There’s nothing quite like sitting by the fire and immersing yourself in feel-good music. Enter Alterlight‘s latest track, ‘One Night Away,’ a musical antidote that promises to lift your spirits and kick those winter blues to the curb.

Alterlight, an indie pop-rock band from Liège, Belgium, comprises Paolo de la Croix on vocals and guitar, Stephane Grillo on drums, Sylvain Lakeye on bass, and Jerome Heller on synths. Influenced by alternative rock from the ’90s and ’00s, such as Weezer, Placebo, Muse, and Coldplay, their song catalog spans a diverse range from heavy guitars to pop to soft rock.

‘One Night Away’ kicks off with a holiday-esque melody, setting the stage for De la Croix’s emotive vocals that draw comparisons to the likes of Belgian singer Ozark Henry blended with the indie charm of Belle and Sebastian. The verse hooks you with an irresistibly catchy melody, complete with Christmas bells that transport you to a festive winter wonderland. Powered by a gentle drum beat, a guitar riff reminiscent of Coldplay’s signature sound, and a Keane-style piano, the track seamlessly transitions into a distortion-laden chorus that injects an infectious upbeat energy. The bridge introduces a captivating orchestral background, followed by a melodic guitar solo.

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Beyond the holiday trappings, the core message of ‘One Night Away’ revolves around the essence of friendship and family support, offering a warm reminder of these cherished values. The official video brilliantly visualises these themes, featuring a charming portrayal of a little girl playing with a snow globe beneath bed sheets. As the band plays, the snowy town landscape unfolds, capturing the enchanting moments of winter. What sets this song apart is its refusal to conform to the clichés of December radio hits. It’s not your run-of-the-mill cheesy Christmas tune but a refreshing take on the season.

In essence, ‘One Night Away’ emerges as the perfect remedy for winter-induced melancholy. With its exceptional musicality, poignant lyrics, and standout vocals riding on a catchy melody, this track has the makings of a contemporary classic that transcends seasonal boundaries. Alterlight has indeed crafted a gem that resonates with both the warmth of the holidays and the enduring spirit of camaraderie.

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Alterlight’s latest release, ‘One Night Away’ is a refreshing antidote to post-holiday blues. The track, characterised by outstanding vocals, a catchy melody and festive undertones, cleverly sidesteps clichés of typical Christmas tunes. Alterlight successfully captures the essence of warmth and friendship, making their latest release a standout in the indie music scene.
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Gee Nelson

Gee Nelson has been a musician, producer and songwriter since the '90’s. Besides music Gee loves reading, writing, watching British sitcoms and playing board games. His biggest influences are Green Day, Nirvana, Offspring and Eels. His favourite genre is 90’s and early 00’s (indie) rock.

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