“The song started as a guitar chord progression that Nicholas [Wilbur] recorded alone in the studio. The mood was the very first thing established and as the song took shape this mood never really strayed,” Allyson Foster of Washington trio Hungry Cloud Darkening says of their new “Hold This Moment.” That mood will be the first thing you notice, the riff in question instantly pulling you into the thickened tension of the slightly off kilter space.
“It was just kind of the mood the band was trying to express this time around,” she says. “Paul [Benson] came up with drum, bass guitar, and then synth parts, and Nich spent some time honing each instrument to his exact idea of how the song should feel.”
For her part, Foster’s vocal, the gauzy, emotional counterpoint to the instrumentation’s aura, presents the “weird conflict between creative ambitions and creatively debilitating winter/situational depression.”
The depressive aspect is evident, but it’s the good sort. The kind you can sink into and swim around in for a while.
“Hold This Moment” comes off of the band’s second album Glossy Recall, out on October 7 via OFF TEMPO.