Track Of The Day: Macon Heights – ‘Wake Up (The War Machine)’

Scottish duo, Macon Heights, follow up their debut single ‘The Line’ from 2018 with a perfect song for the quarantine times. 

In ‘Wake Up (The War Machine)’, Macon Heights ask us to imagine a dystopian future where all is lost and the sound of war is ever present. Singer Carrie Beattie’s fragile voice tells us time is askew, rain is constantly falling, and there’s nothing left. Set to minimalistic driving synths and beats, Alexis Beattie’s sound design adds in hypnotic fills and ornamentation. The song culminates in industrial distortions signalling the titular War Machine tearing down everything in sight. 

With a nod to ’80s films and music, ‘Wake Up”s music video starts with a 1984-esque logo sequence and Carrie’s wary and confused eyes taking in the destruction offscreen. The duo toggles between light and dark moods as barcodes and geometric graphics are overlayed across their faces. 

A truly beguiling, and perfectly poignant, soundscape for these dark times.

‘Wake Up (The War Machine)’ is available on Bandcamp and Spotify now.

Aisha Kasmir

Photo Credit: Erin Culley

Track Of The Day: Emily Magpie – ‘All Is Silence’

Bristol-based artist Emily Magpie has been charming our ears for a good while now. In her latest single, ‘All Is Silence’, she takes listeners on a (particularly poignant right now) post-apocalyptic journey.

Inspired by reading Margaret Atwood, ‘All Is Silence’ starts with an ominous introduction that spills into poppy and effervescent longing. Magpie uses her sparkling voice and dreamy ukulele strums in contrast against the muted synths and bass, giving the track a feeling of being inside a bunker, telling stories of many moons ago.

In the moments before the chorus, Magpie tells of the moment we see the one we love and all sound and thought is muted in the background. All is silent. It’s the end of the world, but we’re still here. 

Shot in a garage with bespeckled projections and bicycle tires, Magpie dances to the new dystopia with hope in her heart in the new video for ‘All Is Silence’. Watch here:

‘All Is Silence’ is out now, and Let’s Talk About The Weather – the upcoming debut album from Emily Magpie – is set for release on 3rd April.

Aisha Kasmir