The brainchild of singer-songwriter Louise Eatock, Flaming June draws together elements of indie-rock, folk and pop in her sound. Recently the winner of an NMG award for Best Acoustic Act in East Anglia, Eatock is receiving acclaim for her music; however, it’s not just awards being dolled out to show our appreciation. Featured on Less Than 1000 Followers, Cambridge 105 Radio, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6, this UK-based artist is building a following on a national and international scale. The latest addition to her well-received discography is the single ‘In The Dark There’s Gold’.
Following her upbeat track ‘Paralyse Me Where I Stand’, ‘In The Dark There’s Gold’ has a slower, soothing and more languid style. Beautiful in its simplicity, Eatock combines an acoustic piano, acoustic guitar and soft vocals creating an elegant single. Yet, while there is a warmth and tenderness to the melody, the content is far more poignant than a basic tune. Known for her intelligent and intricate lyricism, Eatock touches on elements of darkness, pain, isolation and inner turmoil in ‘In The Dark There’s Gold’. The thing is, while the track has a melancholy quality it is a hopeful and empowering track; perhaps, that’s why it refers to gold being in the darkness.
“This single is about standing alone and finding the strength to believe that things will get better even if there’s nothing but darkness around you. At those times you have to dig deep and find something within to spur you on.” – Louise Eatock on ‘In The Dark There’s Gold’
One most intriguing aspect of ‘In The Dark There’s Gold’ is the pace of the melody. The track begins with a steady and calm pace but soon moves to a speedy guitar-driven melody before regaining the soothing steadiness. It intrigues me because this shows an innovative alignment with the song’s content. The complex arrangement illustrates how the dark (the slow section) crescendos into a powerful gold (the upbeat section) and finally peters out. A sonic representation of the light in a desperate tunnel of inner turmoil.
Using her obscure vocals and eclectic instrumentation, Louise Eatock captures my heart once again with her latest release. ‘In The Dark There’s Gold’ is an anthemic and infectious song that I would love to see performed live.
In addition to the single, Flaming June released an official music video for ‘In The Dark There’s Gold’. Please note: this video contains strobe-like lighting effects and can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.