Los Angeles indie rockers Silversun Pickups haven’t really released anything new since their single “Cannibal,” which was an additional track on their 2014 greatest hits endeavor The Singles Collection. If we have to get technical, the band hasn’t released a full length album in well over three years. However, good things come to those who very patiently wait, because Silversun Pickups have graced us with an awesome new single in the form of “Nightlight,” the first off of their upcoming album Better Nature.
Listeners already got a small glimpse of change in “Cannibal,” but it’s clear that Silversun Pickups are going to try for a more radio friendly sound on “Nightlight”, and possibly on their upcoming album. Instrumentally, “Nightlight” could easily be the musical love child of them and Awolnation, with its sexy, animalistic, yet still radio friendly tone. The distorted guitars and keyboards that have become a staple for their music still play their role and make this not only a song to rock out to on your way to a wild night out, but a song that you would want to request at that cool bar you’ve wandered into.
Silversun Pickups tend to make their listeners think a little bit about what they’re trying to get across in their songs and “Nightlight” is no different. Frontman Brian Aubert‘s haunting vocals almost come across as howling and attention commanding, which certainly fit with the vibe of the song itself. Its lyrics play into the idea of putting on a front towards the people around us because we are afraid of what they may think (“Putting more makeup on the masks that we wear/Turning our nightlights on in the daytime to scare”). Their description of a ‘nightlight’ signifies that a person should never be afraid of showing their true self to the world (Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to unveil/If this is the moment now to ask ‘do we dare?'”).
It’s been a good long while since Silversun Pickups has given us a reason to channel our inner hipster (whether we like to admit it or not). “Nightlight” has a very high chance to receiving radio airplay and tv/film placements due to its slight dance elements and eloquent vocals that make it easier to sing along with than past singles. With the musicality of “Nightlight,” it seems that they’re pushing for a more mainstream sound on Better Nature. Whichever direction they choose to go in, Silversun Pickups is ready to show us how much they’ve grown as a band.
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