Deadlights – The Translator (Track Of The Day, 29th April)

Our Track Of The Day is a nod to introspection and awareness from Brisbane’s Deadlights. “The Translator” captures the essence of their album Mesma; referring to the unseen forces within us and between us all.

“The Translator”‘s looped pulsed guitar melody persists throughout the majority of the track, as other sounds join in with this outward rippling of sound that builds as it continues.

We’re taken on a metaphorical journey over open water, noticing that we are in fact beings of energy, our emotions impacting it (and us) in an unseen way. The water metaphor perfectly capturing the way in which we are influenced by the energy and emotions of those around us (“You’re the Dead Sea. Letting your current carry me away.”), potentially losing grip of ourselves in the process as we are pushed by the waves around us.

There’s a waking up captured in “The Translator”. A realising that the aimless drifting at the whim of another’s ‘invisible hands’ is not what they want(ed) for themselves.

“I couldn’t see,
I was drifting between hazards & I never felt so alive.
Until “What have I done?” set in.
Crept up from behind me,
It’s been so long tell me where the hell have you been?”

“The Translator” is vocally honest and humble, seeming to come from a place of observation of how things were, and what was learned from the experience without judgement. It’s a beautiful track, the gentlest on the album, carrying a warmth in its observation, noticing a discomfort in how things were at the time, yet still closing in that state of acceptance.

Stream “The Translator” on Spotify, as well as explore the rest of the brilliant Mesma, and share with us what you thought 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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