Exclusive Premiere: Twilight Lounge Mixes Psychedelic Rock and Dream Pop In His Latest Single, “Learning To Let Go”
CW: DISSCUSSION OF SUICIDE
Fans of a dream pop soundscape with psychedelic rock elements will enjoy Twilight Lounge’s newest single, “Learning To Let Go.” A mixture of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely House Club Band’s experimental psychedelic rock and Tame Impala’s vocal performance, “Learning To Let Go,” balances the line between a sad, moody vibe and an energetic track.
Listen to “Learning To Let Go” below:
“Learning To Let Go” starts with horns mixed with electronic elements and a snare-heavy percussion line. It has a retro feel but with a modern twist on music from past eras (think Post Animals’ “Cancer Moon” that utilizes musical elements from the 80s but with a current production).
According to Twilight Lounge, “Learning To Let Go,”
Learning To Let Go was originally about my extreme anxiety and how high dose psychedelic and ego death experiences helped me learn to navigate and let go of my anxieties… The chorus is me trying to free myself from these worries… During my ego death experiences I learned how to let go of myself and I’ve had to learn how to bring that feeling of acceptance and letting go into my day-to-day life.
Lyrically, “Learning To Let Go” showcases the need to get out of one’s head, especially when they start having dark thoughts that affect their mental health. The chorus portrays this realization of needing to “let go” of these thoughts, “All these thoughts in my head/ Filling me up with dread/ Spiral out of control/ Gotta learn to let go.” Later in the song, there is a lyrical twist as he sings, “Gotta free my soul/ From all these thoughts in my head.” Overall, the lyrics portray the struggle of handling one’s mental health when it begins to spiral and the path to finding a way out of the darkness.
Twilight Lounge further explains how the songs meaning changed for him after his friend’s suicide,
Now the song has a deeper meaning. At the beginning of October I lost my best friend and my biggest supporter to suicide and this was the last song I got to show him. He shared a lot of the same struggles as me and he really resonated with this song. I guess on top of its original meaning, this song is about him now. It’s about trying to move on and recover from the greatest loss of my life. It’s about the anxieties we both shared…I wrote and recorded the guitar solo in the days following his death. It was the only way I really knew how to begin processing things. This is where a lot of the song’s emotion peaks for me. I put all of my sorrow and anxiety and really everything I had into this.
If you or anyone you anyone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Twilight Lounge is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Noah Shaner, who writes, produces, records, and mixes everything himself. He released his debut single, “Honeycomb,” in 2020, followed by a few more singles in 2020 and 2021. In 2021, Twilight Lounge dropped his debut EP, Future’s Present, Past Us Now. In 2022, aside from “Learning To Let Go,” the multi-instrumentalist also released two other singles, “There’s Got To Be Something More Than This” and “Here’s Not Where I’m Meant To Be.”