Dance songs about love are a dime a dozen, but it’s not every day you hear a track like Mt. Eden’s “Fall With You.” It’s raw, as painful as it is beautiful, with all the soaring musicality and low register majesty the New Zealand duo is known for. Still, there’s something about the crashing of the electronic horns and the subtle gun-clips that reads more nuanced than ever before.
Maybe it’s something about the delicately enchanting vocal harmonies of fellow Kiwi folk band Albi and the Wolves. Singer Chris Dent lent more than just his voice to the track. The powerful lyrics tell the story of his own failed attempts at a love that lasts. A lot of that soulful sadness that makes the song move is his own.
“The original piece of music was a love song for my first partner and the turbulence of that relationship really comes through the song,” Dent says in an email interview. “We stuck it out for five years, and only after a lot of trials and tribulations, we split up. That happened nearly 3 years after the song was written.”
There’s the feel of foreshadowed destruction as the song peters out, but there’s also some kind of hope there in the layered voices as they rise ghost-like over Matt Owen’s contemplative banjo. It’s actually Owen who made the collaboration possible. An old high school friend of Mt. Eden’s Jesse Cooper, it had always been his dream to get the two bands together.
“Luckily, I was in the band with the song he chose to take to them,” Dent says. “I have seen the development of the song, and I think it is incredible to see where it came from to where it is now. I have never been involved with anything like this. To be honest, it was weird to hear my vocals intertwined with the track. I loved it as soon as I got the first listen, but I did feel a little bit of disbelief because it was all so foreign.”
Maybe this is the beginning of a soft-hearted folk-step revolution. If it means more tracks like “Fall With You,” sign us up. Purchase the release here.