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Ambient Electronic Single Review: "No Headlights" by Living Pictures

Karl is a longtime freelancer who's passionate about music, art, and writing.


Living Pictures’ No Headlights has an uncertain, shadowy quality filling it. Buzzing, skittering sounds and a distant synth figure repeats with an element of worry in it. Thundering sounds and insectile chirring joins by dark, writhing sound and tapping, stuttering drums. Vibrating bass shifts and hissing, natural sounds flow.

Drums create a shaping beat, as the snare drum sharply ticks and rattles. Writhing, shivering sounds roil and active, dark notes descend and hollow, medium high synths move. Downward cascades of notes create a hypnotic pattern and wobbling sounds wander above the shadowy bass. This music has a distinctly unsettling feeling within it.

Rounded, digital-sounding notes carry a melodic pattern tinged with dangerous sensations. Open-voiced, descending synth swirls and guttural, slicing synth towers into the track. Tightly wound synth bends in a tense pattern before moving to sweeping sounds. Chittering noises fade into a darkly ominous sonic sweep before the track ends.

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