In a cityscape drenched with tales as vast as Los Angeles, Romantic Thriller (Rebecca Huston) artfully weaves performance, narrative, and profoundly evocative songwriting bearing a distinctly cinematic touch. Romantic Thriller’s latest offering, “All I Want Is Sleep,” carries with it an enigmatic, contemplative, and elusive essence.
Drawing inspiration from the deep shadows of film noir, the resplendent glamour of Hollywood’s heyday, enigmatic forces, and myths of old, Romantic Thriller immerses listeners into a world reminiscent of shimmering lanterns in the French Quarter, fall-time carnival grounds of the Midwest, the threshold spaces of timeworn estates adorned with intricate wallpapers, and the patina of ancient locks and keys. Listening closely, one might discern shades of Glüme, Yeule, YULLOLA, Melanie Martinez, Alice Glass, Amara ctk100, Pearly Drops, Kilo Kish, Jazmin Bean, and Fever Ray dancing through the melodies.
“It’s an anthem to the introverted and depressed, to those who feel more comfortable alone and often retreat to that place for security against their better judgement,” says Huston. “I’ve always wanted to write a song with yearning, melancholy words contrasted by an upbeat dance energy so I guess I did it on this one.”
Le’lani Lan’caster helms the visuals for this enthralling composition, drawing upon a portrayal by Huston renowned for interweaving elements of performance art into her live productions. This transposition to the screen amplifies her scope, providing a grander stage upon which she unfurls her musical tales in a manner both cinematic and surrealist in nature. The film captures her ambitious theatricality, all set against the backdrop of an almost ethereal, dreamlike milieu. Much like a seasoned director crafts a film, Romantic Thriller deftly melds striking imagery with the narrative woven into the melody of All I Want Is Sleep, each element serving to enhance and illuminate the other.
Watch the video for “All I Want Is Sleep” below:
In keeping with the soundtrack theme, Romantic Thriller’s song Hidden Language was recently featured in the film After Everything (2023).
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