Sleek yet nuanced, the artwork for “There’s A Light In My Room” sits somewhere between fashion magazine photoshoot and art display. Abby Diamond’s first single of the year is thus an appropriately intriguing single that balances rich r&b with disorienting alt-pop instrumentation. Most notably, the fusion of a weighty low-end and quirky stylings à la chopped up chime-samples functions as the song’s hook – a risky move to make its centerpiece its most experimental moment, sure, but Diamond walks the fine line of accessibility and uncertainty with grace.
The audiovisual package of “There’s A Light In My Room” in its entirety has me thinking about the intersection between these two modes of art. There’s obviously the music video, but what about still images and music to complement them? Should album artwork transcend its role as an initial framing device and instead be observed throughout the entirety of a listen? From this perspective, the artist’s vision isn’t sacrificed in favor of listeners projecting thoughts irrelevant to the art they’re engaging with (unless, of course, the artist’s goal is a symbiotic relationship). I’ll have to speak to some artistic minds in my circle about where the visual ends and the audio begins.
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