Earlier this year, The Earth Below released an EP, ‘Window Lights For Wanders’. The project showcased the songwriting chops of drummer, Deepak Raghu. Songs like ‘Wait’ and ‘Moss Green’ made the EP truly stand out, showcasing a uniquely desolate & atmospheric sound.
The Earth Below is all set to release a brand-new EP titled ‘Dreams of a Thousand Stillness’ early next year. I’ve only heard 2 songs from the EP so far, but it’s already clear that this next release will be a departure from the last one. While it maintains its emphasis on song-writing and existential despair, the musicality has progressed, and a broader palette of influences are being incorporated. The first single, ‘Indestructible’ delivered a Leonard Cohen afterworld, complete with emotive harmonies and strings. The latest single from The Earth Below, titled ‘Ice Hotel’ is further testimony to that statement.
‘Ice Hotel’ brings the ambient, slow vibe perfected on the last EP while simultaneously bringing in the sounds of country, folk, and progressive rock music. It’s a song that takes you on a bleak journey which unwinds unpredictably. Images of black magic and occult practices come to mind, only to be disrupted by the waking from a deep, dreamless sleep. Ice Hotel is cold, alright.
Check out the song below.