Irish artist Talos — aka Eoin French — will release his sophomore album, Far Out Dust, on BMG on February 8, 2019. The album’s latest new song to be released — a brilliant, visceral track called “The Light Upon Us” – has just premiered via FLAUNT Magazine. Watch the lyric video HERE.
Of the track, French says: “It’s called ‘The Light Upon Us’… but, the idea of the light… it’s not a positive light. It’s one that erases things. It’s blinding. Sometimes things have to be destroyed for something else to be created. An acceptance that things are supposed to die at some point. Everything has an end.”
“The Light Upon Us” follows the release of the first single “See Me” which has been featured on a batch of influential playlists (New Music Friday UK, Chill Vibes, Sad Indie) and saw the official video premiere with Flood Magazine in December.
Following a run with Peter, Bjorn and John late last year, Talos will be returning to America this winter supporting Aurora. All tour dates are below.
Far Out Dust — a stunning blend of organic and electronic music with a gorgeous sense of discovery and wonder — was written and recorded all over the globe, including New York City, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Cork, and Reykjavik. Where Talos’ acclaimed debut, Wild Alee, was a solitary affair about isolation and escape, Far Out Dust finds Talos embarking on new journeys, drawing strength and comfort from lived experience and deep human connection. The result is both his most ambitious songwriting and most sophisticated studio work, a collection that radiates with creative confidence even as it wrestles with the pain of doubt and regret.
For his next album, Talos knew he couldn’t rest on his laurels, and pushed himself to write some of his most expansive, exciting music to date. French and his longtime production partner Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1) shouldered much of the instrumental load on the album, in addition to working with producers like Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet), Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Feist) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire), who also contributed a number of mixes. They then handed over to mastering duties to Emily Lazar (Coldplay, Angel Olsen).
French’s conviction is apparent from the first moments of album opener “Boy Was I Wrong,” a soaring epic that builds from a falsetto whisper to an oceanic roar of layered synthesizers and powerful drums. Throughout the album, French conjures up vivid, cinematic scenes, utilizing a broad dynamic range to oscillate between hushed introspection and explosive ecstasy, often within the same song. The steamy “2AM” captures the euphoric rush of a late-night physical connection, while the wistful “To Each His Own” laments the revelation of unkind intention, and “The Light Upon Us” juxtaposes the manic energy of madness and destruction with the eerily beautiful serenity that comes in its aftermath. In that sense, Far Out Dust isn’t just an album written in transit between places, it’s an album written in transit between states: between darkness and light, between desperation and devotion, between death and life.
Far Out Dust Track List:
1. Boy Was I Wrong
2. The Light Upon Us
3. The Light Interlude
4. To Each His Own
5. See Me
6. The Flood
8. On And On
9. Let Go
10. Dawn, The Front
11. In The Fold
12. Far Out Dust
Pre-Save and Pre-order Far Out Dust HERE with instant downloads of “See Me” and “The Light Upon Us”.