White Moth Black Butterfly release new single “Rising Sun” with a video
Daniel Tompkins is a very busy man. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, but to keep three different projects going simultaneously, in collaboration with musicians from across the world, is no mean feat, and the quality of all three is consistently impressive, so it seems like the man can do no wrong.
Of the three – the other two being Skyharbor and In Colour – White Moth Black Butterfly is perhaps the most experimental. Last year’s debut album One Thousand WIngs is beautiful, but in an unconventional way; understated and vocal-driven, and also littered with flutters of electronica, it caused my colleague Simon to draw comparisons to Sigur Rós and Massive Attack, and it’s the latter of these which is most prevalent in new single “Rising Sun,” for which a video has also been shot. Have a look:
Dan’s vocals intertwine with those of prior collaborator Jordan Bethany, and are underpinned by a strong bassline. The focal refrain of “We’re borrowing time tonight ’til the sunlight comes // It’s never easy no it never was // We’re borrowing time tonight ’til the sunlight comes” is catchy as hell, and it’s just a really chilled-out, relaxed track.
The video was produced by some students (there’s a running theme this week…), and on the collaboration Dan said:
“We’d like to thank Chris Waterfield, Rich Greene and Stuart Dudleston from Staffordshire Uni for helping us to put this wonderful video together and also to congratulate them on receiving a high ‘first’ mark, this being their end piece towards their degrees! As a project we love nothing more than working with enthusiastic and talented people and wish them all the best for the future!”
If you like what you hear, you can pick up the new single on Bandcamp along with One Thousand Wings. Dan also recently released a new single with pop project In Colour, which includes SikTh’s Dan Weller, and you can hear that here.