Premiere: Moonkay’s icy analysis on loneliness in experimental ‘FEEL IN THE DEEP’

Today, we’re proud to premiere ‘FELL IN THE DEEP’ from prolific producer and vocalist Moonkay, aka Jordan Barritt. The UK artist already has three albums to his name and he shows no signs of slowing.

As with recent single ‘Sisyphus’, this new track takes an initially meditative pace; opening with a richly reverberated piano and ruminating guitar riff. Here, Moonkay introduces the themes of this track through a spoken-word piece. Through his words, images of cut connections, frozen communication and solitary efforts flash through our mind, hinting towards his “analysis of loneliness”.

The single moves onto its second phase around 30 seconds in. Over a crashing cymbal and layered synths, Moonkay’s tender vocalism takes over, giving yet another emotional perspective to this tundra-like inner world. The sweet moment doesn’t last though and shortly thereafter a sense of frustration overwhelms the track; a sonic break through the ice and into a fluid, yet still trepidatious, environment full of vibrating bass, industrial beats and unknown entities. As the track progresses, the contrast between the two states emerges again and again, emphasising how human nature has a tendency of repeat actions and thoughts, even if the result is always the same.

Not only are we transported to Moonkay’s vision of ‘FELL IN THE DEEP’ through his intricate and passionate production and thought-provoking words, but the music video gives us a very literal representation of this soundscape. For the video, the artist travelled to Norway and filmed himself trudging through the snow and ice in isolation under overbearingly grey skies. Clearly, Moonkay is someone willing to go the extra miles to bring a vision to life.

“Fell In The Deep” is an analysis on loneliness. I see the piece as an introspection on looking for purpose, and some of the negative emotions that can come with that. I think this is very visually clear in the contrast of the screaming vocals over the 808 bass and harsh percussion.

The complexity of the sounds lends itself to the spontaneity of repeatedly hunting for purpose to no avail. This is in contrast to the more melodic sections, which can be seen as the sections of clarity, made more so obvious given the use of vocals and a clear message to the listener.

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