Album Review: Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light

After gracing our shores in early July for an electric show at The Studio, it seemed only right to fill those who don’t know in on the electronic music crafting entity that goes by the name of ‘Hermitude’. The Australian duo’s latest release ‘Dark Night Sweet Light’came out mid May of this year, and the album is nothing short of impacting in one way or another. I’m going to give you my opinion on the record, what value you take it is up to you. If I only leave you with three words to take away, however, let it be these: check it out.

Music should always be accompanied by art, as in this day and age, and particularly in the electronic genre, visuals are just as important as sounds. The art for ‘Dark Night Sweet Light’is perfectly fitting for the music, and it’s almost as if it’s a graphic representation of what you would expect to hear once you press play. The cover depicts a contrasting blend of orange and black, showcasing a modern, glitch stye depiction of a city skyline, with two off-centre diamonds covering the edges of the artwork, featuring the Hermitude logo and album title in the middle. It’s perfect, for what it is.

Let’s crack into it. The first track ‘Hiijinx’is a solid opening to the album, and would be one of my favourite from the whole lot. Great use of beat breaks and sudden silences to keep the song interesting, with heavy phaser style lead synth over the beat. Minimal vocals, but still a great song to vibe out to. The album’s second track ‘Through the Roof’features one of our own, Young Tapz. This song brings a much higher level of energy compared to it’s preceder on the tracklist. Simply, a song to turn up to.

Now that you’ve sunk a bottle of Jack Daniels to track number two and woken up with a headache that could end your life, you'll be pleased to know the album takes a different direction with the third track ‘Ukiyo’. A much more atmospheric and chill tune, with a much heavier focus on the vocals, which complement the beat well. The song does retain the dynamic elements similar to the first two tracks on the album, but expresses them in a more subtle manner. Huge fan of this song. Following this, the energy is lifted back up with ‘Searchlight’(feat. Yeo), but with a more intense focus on the melodies and lead lines of the song, something I’m personally huge fan of.

‘Bermuda Bay’I dubbed the vibe song. The song that you listen to when driving solo. The song you listen to when you’re alone with your thoughts, staring out to space and contemplating the very meaning of your existence. The song itself? Really atmospheric and spacey, which is rad if you’re in the right mood. Really cool percussion elements on this song, which a piano synth line that is really quite infectious. Another one of my favourite tracks on the album.

‘Hazy Love’(feat. Chloe Kaul) is the most vocal heavy track on the album, which really appealed to me as I personally prefer songs with vocals to those without. For fans of artists like ‘Flight Facilities’, a track that is good for just laying around and laxin’out to. The song retains a positive feel to it, while remaining very low key. Good stuff.

‘The Buzz’(feat. Mate & Young Tapz) is, well, just that. I found this to be a really interesting track, going form down beat and chill to hugely energetic and impacting all in a matter of seconds. This song is the whole package, and once again features an NZ homie, so you may as well have a listen.

‘Metropolis’, a song featuring no vocals whatsoever, it still far from a boring listen. Great instrumental to accompany whatever you may be doing, a good background track.

‘Midnight Terrain’is an interesting one. The song somehow portrays itself as beat heavy and aggressive in parts, but it others, all there is to hear is a click and a soft piano line. Hermitude are definitely experts at making their tracks as diverse as possible throughout.

‘Shift’is a song that manages to build itself up from a very low key synth line into a dynamic concoction of bass and beats. It’s like a lead in to a drop that never actually comes.

Finally, we close out with a song that makes has a reflective feel of the rest of the album. Almost as if to say: “We hope you’ve had a great time listening, goodnight.”

For those of you lucky enough to catch Hermitude’s show at the studio, then you don’t need convincing. But for those who are new to the Australian duo’s beats, I highly recommend a listen. It really does have everything, and you won’t regret it.

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