'in static [strange and gentle things]’ is the a-side of the single on which son lux’s staggering production and soaring vocals meet with the arhythmic lyrical stylings of reindeer. the two forces combine to create a track that transcends their individual sounds to create something both uplifting and forlorn.
the track opens with warped chamber instruments and operatic vocals wrestling a crushing down-tempo drum beat, akin to something from son lux’s critically acclaimed debut 'at war with walls and mazes. reindeer makes his entrance, the first moments of which secure the brilliance of this artistic marriage.
reindeer characteristically intones a broken and subdued verse that unfolds to paint a lurid and stark scene of a city at night. but suddenly everything falls away to a whisper, son lux’s voice breaking the cloudy spell with a mantra-like prayer.
what begins from there is an epic post-rock crescendo of layered plucked and bowed strings, bashing drums, and the soaring operatic fragments foreshadowed in the opening. when reindeer’s voice returns, it is full of force but distant, calling above the crashing wave of sound.
it all spills over into a murky haze, with protesting jabs of noise fighting the release. the two vocalists’ whispered final lines disappear into the night, leaving the listener wrestling silence.