Deadlights – The Shapeshifter (Track Of The Day, 6th May)

We’ve had Deadlights‘ album Mesma on heavy rotation since it released 21st April. Our Track Of The Day is the twelfth and final track of the album, “The Shapeshifter”.

“The Shapeshifter” is a story being told, feeling like an uncomfortable, skin-crawling realisation.

“Falling out of place,
I found my feet in outer space.
And I saw you there and it was so uncomfortable.
And you said you weren’t alone,
And that the earth is temporary.
The things you say, they don’t
Strike me as your own.”

“The Shapeshifter” has ‘epic’ written all over it, and listening to it feels like embarking on a journey along with those who are suddenly seeing things painfully clearly. The irregular timings (that still feel so fluid), and fury fueled vocals spark a sense of discomfort and trying to break free or at least make sense of all of *this*.

“Well I don’t believe in mind control
But I can’t shake this feeling that I’m involved,
In something that I can’t understand,
A sinister plan.”

The bridge (“If I could make my voice any clearer”) sparks a potent settling down: It’s a strong gathering of resources, to more powerfully stand against the uneasiness, without falling into aimless fight.

Deadlights make such impressively powerful tracks, and the raw emotion poured into “The Shapeshifter” means you feel every second of it. There is no one stand-out feature of this track, because every instrument and voice is perfection and works as one powerful force, ‘speaking’ against manipulative forces.

When this epic ends, I usually say “wow”, take a breath, and then hit repeat. Check out “The Shapeshifter” and share with us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it.

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