When Warren Heller was growing up, he felt pressured to follow a life trajectory that was predetermined for him. And under the moniker Isador, the alt-rock musician composed a dark riff on that time in his life with his new track, “Falling.”
The sonic layers are tightly packed together to make a catchy yet haunting song. Heller’s vocals are encased among a flurry of aural elements ranging from a clapping beat to a whooshing filter. “Falling” induces the feeling of claustrophobia in the way that all of the elements converge in such a tight space.
“'Falling' is about an overwhelming sense of powerlessness and fear for the future,” Heller tells Billboard. “I wrote it after I dropped out of college, when I felt totally hopeless and isolated with no escape in sight.”