It’s not an easy feat to pull of a song with both a sense of deeply felt humanity and otherworldly distance, but on “Moon Pulls” Nerve Leak walks the line adeptly. The song, Sam Friedman, a 24 year old Brooklyn-based artist says, is about the moment when you finally find a long lusted after lover in your arms.
The song, he says, began as a poem.
“I was sitting on my bed with the windows open to my back. It was June, around 10 A.M. I had barely slept the night before and felt drunk, though I didn’t drink anything. The lyrics came out as a stream-of-consciousness attempt to express the intense feelings of embracing someone romantically after longing for them for over a year. I felt ecstasy from the embrace and melancholy from the leftover pain from hiding my feelings for so long. There were layers of trust—submissive and dominant—that felt raw and real in a way I hadn’t experienced.”
Lingering in that spot can be a tough place to be, filled with highs and lows. It’s not just about the sex though.
“It’s about that overwhelming feeling when you’re so tied up in someone that you ask yourself: ‘What did I do to deserve you? What can I do to keep you / to love you?’ When I decided to put the lyrics to music, I wanted to make the production dark and monochromatic, but also rhythmic and alive. Pairing hip-hop and trap-inflected beats with glitchy vocal samples of my voice, the music soars from low to high; soft to brash; submissive to dominant. The end result is a metaphor for how the moon controls the tides. The emotional and physical attraction I felt was like a command; I was pulled in.”
Hear more from Nerve Leak here.