Seeing In The Dark, the new single from Mothlite, is released on Kscope on August 13th. Mothlite is the brainchild of Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Æthenor, Miracle ,Grumbling Fur) and the single is taken from Dark Age, the band’s second album, released earlier this year on Kscope.
Dark Age, the follow-up to 2008’s The Flax Of Reverie has been steadily building up indie support from the music press and bloggers.
Daniel describes Dark Age as “Dark megalomania, contradictions and paradoxes, and general bleakness” yet rarely is such subject matter delivered with soaring pop aplomb, as can be heard on Seeing In The Dark.
Dark Age has allowed Daniel to break free from the confines of genre, taking influence from the likes of 1980s power-pop titans Tears For Fears and Kate Bush from his parents’ record collection through the industrial and gothic textures of DAF, The Cure, Coil and Dead Can Dance to the hardcore punk of his own personal roots.
Daniel’s use of contradiction within the style of the record is a very deliberate choice, he said: “If it was too bleak, with melancholy overriding the whole thing, then I’d counteract it with a huge chorus or huge hook.”
Now the album is complete Daniel is ready to move on to new things. He said: “To be honest, I’m really glad that it’s over. I felt like I couldn’t move until I got that out there.”
Daniel has put together a new band for the live Mothlite show, he said: “Now that the drama has played out and everyone can see what it is, I can almost do a theatrical version of the scenes within. I don’t want to look as though I’m crying down the microphone night after night if we go on tour. I’d rather have a show.”