REUBEN & THE DARK - "HURRICANE"
LABEL : ARTS & CRAFTS // RELEASE DATE : FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Reuben and The Dark’s “Hurricane” is a haunting song about the duality of strength and vulnerability. On his first new release since 2016’s “Heart In Two,” Reuben Bullock communes with the potent forces at the core of his spirited, shadowed folk music. “Hurricane” toils with the mystic symbolism Reuben finds at play in his real life, capturing the sur/real essence of dreams in his most vivid, enveloping song yet.
“‘Hurricane’ is a premonition of things happening in my life that I didn't understand until they actually came to pass. It is about the discovery of the power in that: of being caught in the eye of the storm, but holding some control of it,” Reuben says. “This song confronts the idea of creating chaos for one’s own comfort.”
Over the tense build of its arc, Reuben’s voice bays in its upper registers, vacillating with the darkness manifest in his waking life: I am broken / I am brave / The way the body behaves I am free / I’m afraid / A mirror of my mistakes
His words ring out over spare acoustic strumming, a rustic candlelit beginning before expanding in a clash of chanted melody and momentous rhythm. Produced by Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk (Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Madonna), “Hurricane” is open and vast, an airy palette where slight, creaky details reach through the high ceiling reverberant space. Where 2014’s debut Funeral Sky lavished in low fidelity, “Hurricane” rises to a new atmospheric plane.
“Hurricane” is Reuben at his most empowered – both heartened and broken-hearted – chasing a sound as immense as the emotional source of his music. With his imagistic storytelling never better enhanced by dynamic, stratified production, on “Hurricane” Reuben And The Dark wrestles clarity from the depths of soulful reckoning.