Brooklyn duo Guiding Light is back with their second single off new album Weird Pains (out in 2020), Into The Arms of Nothing. Throughout the creative process for the album, Chuck Davis (Pete International Airport, Stanley Love Performance Group) and Jason Sebastian Russo (Mercury Rev, Pete International Airport, Retsoor, Hopewell) have focused in on the question, “How do we love in a post-truth world?”. While we may have to wait for the full album to completely understand their resolution of that question, we can begin to understand their feelings here. The single sees the band combining their noteworthy psych-rock sound with a downtempo hip hop beat that invokes the British electronica of the late ’90s.
Chuck Davis and Jason Sebastian Russo started working together as Guiding Light in 2013, when they co-produced a remix of My Jerusalem’s Death Valley. The results of their creative clashing went viral, and proved worthy of developing a long-term creative partnership. Early on in their collaboration they had the opportunity to perform with Daniel Johnston, who helped them understand that their work in the art world, and ‘outsider’ status in the music business, were strengths. Shortly after this experience, the pair became one half of Pete International Airport, a Dandy Warhols side project, and toured for the better part of 2 years. It was during this time that Chuck’s intense stage persona emerged, once paralyzed by stage fright. The bulk of Weird Pains, Guiding Light’s forthcoming record, was written and recorded in rural Nova Scotia at an artist residency, pausing to eat dinner every night while listening to Cohen’s You Want it Darker, because they were determined to raise the art of lyric writing to a place they could stand.