The fresh, young artist from Los Angeles, Soul Bandit, has decided to bless us with her first EP you absolutely need to listen to it. She’s been occupying the dance music space as one of the most prolific emerging producers in 2017 and we’re excited to see her project grow as time goes on. ‘Alone In Life, Together in Death’ is Soul Bandit’s poetic approach in funneling her overall philosophy of the afterlife through her music:
“The title of the EP is as morbid as you interpret it to be. I frequently think about how, despite surrounding ourselves with people, we essentially spend our entire lives alone. We are left to our own devices trying to express our thoughts, feelings, and our individual identities through words and actions. But unfortunately, no one will ever be in our minds with us to truly understand who we are and the realities that we are experiencing. But if we live - regardless of the life we live - we must all eventually experience a death. And death is simply that - death, no matter how you look at it. We’re no longer present in this plane of existence, in human form, and that’s all we know. That’s all we can agree on. Everyone looks at a corpse as a corpse, and the corpse thinks nothing at all.
So, alone in life, together in death.”
The EP offers listeners, new and old, four tracks, where the first track is more of an introduction into the second. ‘The Beginning’ breaks the silence with a suspenseful, pulsating sample of a heart rate monitor that dramatically increases with tension until the heart rate flatlines, signifying the end of life, but perhaps a new chapter introduced in the following song. ‘Arrival’, the second track, immediately follows with translucently, faint soundscapes and a steady, broken house kick and snare rhythm to evoke the ethos that there is more to Soul Bandit's story about death than just an end to life. 'Now That You're Gone' breaks away from those who have passed on and moves towards the emotions of those who deal with the passing of a loved one. Although the song gives off a melody of content, the moods despair and mourning quickly come into the picture through repeating lyrics of 'now that you're gone, how do I get by?' Soul Bandit closes out her debut EP with 'Times Up'. An audio epilogue to the EP’s sensational death subject, ‘Times Up’ is a light and mellow almost hymn-like that reminds the listener to enjoy the time they have in the present because as the faint lyrics would suggest, ‘death is near, lurking in the shadows.’
“…this EP was intended to be a representation that the end of the life cycle and post-death experience may be a beginning to something new rather than solely an ending. I think of everything as cyclical and although we don’t fully understand death, it’s comforting to think about it as just another bizarre chapter of life. I know it’s a rather cryptic message, considering the EP is all over the place in terms of genre, but existence in general is strange, confusing, and all over the place, so I felt it was only fitting.”
Listen "Alone in Life, Together in Death" below and for more music from Soul Bandit, check out her links below the playlist.