In Shade, the debut from the dark electronic pop duo Death Rattle takes an unswerving look at life’s darker moments: heartache, surrender, despair, loss. We’re warned of this more or less from the outset; in the moody, hauntingly-beautiful opener “Shade,” frontwoman Helen Hamilton sighs, “I saw the touchdown, the takeoff was bad/ cold hearts and chaos was all that we had/ I see it all, I see it now/ hindsight’s a beautiful thing.” It serves as kind of prologue to an album that revisits these disappointments one by one. But despite its dark subject matter, In Shade never feels ponderous or dreary. Instead, Hamilton’s voice is surrounded by the blue, ice-castle synths of Chris Hamilton, giving each song a kind of gothic stateliness. The result is a bewitching, tragically-beautiful record that burrows its way slowly and purposefully under the skin.
In Shade will be released on November 10.