Glasgow-based duo Empty Machines introduce themselves to the world with their debut single, “Luna,” an ethereal and atmospheric journey that showcases their unique blend of alternative, electronic, and ambient influences. With Thomas Crawford at the helm of instrumental composition and Jodie Helena providing mesmerizing and grounding vocals, Empty Machines presents a captivating sonic landscape that immerses listeners in a cinematic experience. The realm of cinema is further explored with their innovative and out-of-the-box music video. The video screams mystique with its picturesque forests, illusory moons, and so on.
The song contains an immersive and heavy post-rock sound. Each element feels purposefully placed, from the subtle electronic pulses and atmospheric swells of arpeggiated synths to the carefully crafted heavy guitar combined with percussive thumping.
As the track progresses, layers of electronic textures and ethereal atmospheres intertwine with pulsating energy from the deep riffs and drumming audibly pattering as the music soars into the chorus, creating a sonic tapestry that envelops the listener in a fever dream.
Jodie Helena’s vocals are the perfect complement to the instrumental backdrop. Her voice floats effortlessly over the intricate instrumentation, delivering haunting and evocative lyrics that transport the listener to a place of introspection and reflection. But her energy has a certain depth and heaviness that help the darkness flow and emanate shadows as it blocks the light.
As a debut single, “Luna” gives us a taste of what Empty Machines is going to give us as they grow and develop in their journey.
Review By: Naomi Joan