Gorgeous Instrumental. - a. harlana: the thunderings are nearly through
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posted 31 May 2019 by Krister Axel
Do we move towards the light, or away from the darkness?

This song was created with a single purpose - to use simplicity, and thus beauty, as a distraction. It builds delicately, unfolding like a reluctant flower, and blooms into a washy space of ambient electronica and orchestral percussion.

From a clean electric guitar, and a strum pattern, emerges a jazz-flavor and a womb-like sense of stillness. Through the narrative of banishing fear, we arrive at a quintessential moment for humanity: do we move towards the light, or away from the darkness?

Madison Bibb, a ballet dancer, and Kyle Allen, an actor and former dancer, saw Juno Roome, the mastermind behind a. harlana, playing in the train station and the couple were inspired to make a video for this ethereal song. The result is a beautiful exposition of the power of connection through love, with the controlled urban-chaos acting as a visual counterpoint to the body-language of pure affection.

Juno Roome, the mastermind behind a. harlana, says of the track: the song had originally been written for a former lover of mine who was deathly frightened of thunder, to the point where, at the sound of thunder, she would experience temporary physical paralysis. I had recorded this tune, with the imagination that it could be used as a distraction from the thunder, whenever it would come.

This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Morristown, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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