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Video Premiere: "Waking Up" by The Light The Heat & Roary

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7 October 2021

The Light The Heat – Photo Credit: Robbie Barnett

It’s hard to be positive about the state of affairs in 2021. The past year and half has been such a struggle for many people in a variety of ways. For indie-folk duo The Light The Heat, it was a “year of reflection” and “self-discovery” where members Nathan Horst and Jesse Proctor emerged hoping to bring light and positivity to the conversation.

They teamed up with producer-artist Roary to usher in their new EP, Afterlight.

Today, Big Takeover is proud to host the premiere of the lyric music video for a new song from the EP called “Waking Up.”

Powerful and cathartic, the band emotes a feeling of reconciliation and renewal. Even the first line, “Hold on,” encourages the listener that things will be alright. Soft acoustics and orchestration tell us that we’ve made it through the worst of the storm and there’s a light on the horizon. Vocalist Horst sings, “Light up all my darkest nights / Shine on and we’ll be alright.”

Slowly building to an anthemic chorus, lush instrumentals wash over a swirl of vocal melodies. It’s a cleansing spirit that feels needed now more than ever. As the song melts down to its final verse, Horst’s baritone vocals are like a warm blanket providing comfort on a cold night.

The gently dawning and uplifting “Waking Up” shows The Light The Heat at their most soothing, reassuring us that better days are ahead.

After the trials and tribulations we’ve gone through with the pandemic and much civil unrest, this sentiment might seem naïve to some, but the alternative is total darkness. That’s something this band just won’t stand for.

Horst relates, “Through those [dark] times I’ve learned to take ownership… and continually focus on personal growth. I want to be healthy for my family.”