Feeling the collective uncertainty and anxious energy rising across the country, New York alternative pop/rock band HELLO HALO holed up at the home studio of acclaimed guitaristFred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred, Terrible Things). Early on it was clear this was a partnership destined to happen and now the first of several songs, the ethereal hopeful ballad “Under The Starlight,” is being unveiled. “Under The Starlight” is available now on all digital platforms; listen now here.
Fred Mascherino–producer and featured guitarist on the track–got involved with HELLO HALO in a very organic way. “Jon [guitarist] would come over to the studio and we’d write together. One Sunday, he showed me something he wrote the day before and I started playing chords under it. We set up two mics and just recorded it live. We were instantly excited about what we were hearing. We felt like there was such a deep vibe to the parts. When we added singing later, we were intent on keeping that same feeling and [lead singer] Paul totally nailed it. We decided to use the original live guitars on the final mix and it seems to give it that depth that a live performance has. Sometimes that imperfect push and pull of people playing off of each other is actually perfect.”
The song really speaks to the present-day turbulent social and emotional climate and offers solace. “Our peril is mostly of our own making, born of manufactured ideological incompatibility,” lead singer/songwriter Paul Nathaniel shares. “We know we are stuck together and must find a way to productively coexist despite our differences. Yet we’ve been at each other’s throats for decades, cemented in a ceaseless psychological civil war. Shaping our culture to think in extremes, politicizing every aspect of modern life…My hope is that ‘Under the Starlight’ helps validate the anxious and distraught while preserving their hope and curiosity for what is to come. The future is a mystery we all help discover and define.” “Under The Starlight” is the first new music to be released since HELLO HALO‘s debut album Maybe This Can’t Wait (April 2020), which was produced by Dominic Gallucci (Lyfe Jennings, Laura Warshauer) and mixed by Rich Keller (Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beatz, Nipsey Hussle). Keller was brought in to put the finishing touches on the new single as well.