Originally intended as the soundtrack for the short film The Half Future, the new record from Drew Haddon, aka Warning Light, finds him crafting some of his starkest, most minimalistic soundscapes to date. And yet the prevailing atmosphere on Half Futures is not as tense and bleak as we’re accustomed to hearing from Haddon; it’s still brooding and introspective but there’s some hints of light peaking in from the corners.
Lead track “Age of Machine” is particularly intriguing. Floating through a thick haze of steady tape hiss are some reverberating keyboards that threaten at any moment to spin off into some sort of ’80s New Order-esque dance jam. But, as is customary with Warning Light, Haddon pulls the string back tight until the track snaps into a firm loop. In the distance are some ethereal synths, which help to add ambient texture to the song’s pulsing drone. It’s not necessarily the record’s finest moment, but it certainly shows Haddon’s willingness to tweak his approach and experiment with something a little new.
Give the song a listen below and then head over to Warning Light’s Bandcamp page where you can download the entire album for whatever price you choose.
No word yet on a physical release, but Half Futures is officially out September 4th, so fingers crossed.