Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we delve into ‘A Certain Twilight,’ the newest song from the seasoned musician, Daniel Angelus. Available on all major platforms, (Including the new TIDAL) the emotional track showcases a different side of Angelus. First, though, let’s learn a bit about Angelus to give context to what we’re going to be hearing.
Angelus infuses his personal life into his music. It’s music that tackles difficult issues he’s no stranger to: sexual, mental, and physical abuse are all themes in his work. He had a rough childhood, one that seeps through the cracks of his art in a poignant, heartbreaking fashion. He’s been described as a ‘rare and emotional performer’ and one that is ‘uncomfortable and hypnotising’ to witness live. Previously when I reviewed Angelus’ work, I remarked on his similarities to David Bowie and Robert Smith.
‘A Certain Twilight’ is an atmospheric, moody number with dark lyrics. Angelus is enveloped by cinematic imagery and production as a wall of sound builds around him. Electric guitars, electronics, thundering percussion, and massive amounts of soaking reverb are all vital to the new song. ‘A Certain Twilight’ is haunting in this sense, demanding your attention as it grabs you by the hand and leads you into Angelus’ psyche.
My Robert Smith / David Bowie love child observation is still right on the mark. His vocal performance is akin to both of the landmark artists, but also feels quite original and emotional. Sometimes, his voice falls a bit flat, but it seems to be part of the music. The rough nature of the vocal performance lets him infuse it with more emotion and drama. The song is beautifully composed and the complex soundscape is so rewarding and compelling.
‘A Certain Twilight’ is a beautiful and complex gem. It offers a precious look into a delicate story and feels bombastic and cinematic in its delivery. I could absolutely see how mesmerizing Angelus must be when performing live; I’d love to see him. Check out the song below. It’s fantastic and worth your dollar on whatever service you occupy.