The vocal track is what caught me about One Lights new track “Edge of a Knife”. It is an epic rock ballad that contains sonic qualities of groups like Imagine Dragons but also Daughtry. It is well crafted and simple in melodic choices but dynamically it expands and contracts in a way that will keep any listener engaged. If you need something epic to get you over the hump this week try out “Edge of a Knife” by One Light.
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Formed in the city of Helsingborg, a southern town advertised as “The friendliest city in Sweden”, One Light is an homage to the elements that made arena rock bands like Coldplay or U2 famous: Their epic sing-along vocals and powerful choruses intertwine with heartfelt lyrics based on everyday romance. But beyond stadium conventions, the band’s top-notch Swedish approach to production throws a modern spell into the mix.
Founder members Linus Karlsson (lead vocals), Gabriel Westerlund (drums) and Eddie Zetterberg (keyboard) have been developing their solid stadium sound since their times as “Kings Lounge”, their first project together. The band’s lineup was reduced and eventually transformed into its current four-piece formation on One Light.
By the time Pontus Persson (bass) jumped in, their artistic intention was clear: Joining forces to further explore the beloved formula of pop rock with stadium dimensions.
“The name ”One Light” refers to that little piece of belief that never leaves you”, Zetterberg explains. “A feeling of freedom and hope when you need it the most, something that still throws a spark in your deepest dark.”, he continues. A hymn for believers and a hand to hold for those who need it.
The combination of different musical backgrounds results in a careful balance between the catchy and the solidly elaborate. Several of the members come from musician families, which is evident in their vocal and instrumental dexterity. All of them act as backing singers to Linus Karlsson’s versatile lead, with a quintet approach that is also reminiscent of great stadium acts.
One Light signed to Rexius Records in the summer of 2018. The band is now preparing for the release of their second single “Run” on October 25th, followed by a self-titled album produced by Alexander Asp that will be available this winter.