On April 17, Heather Christie released “Northern Lights”, a down-tempo and soulful partnership between herself and Sol Rising. According to Sol Rising, “Northern Lights” was long in the making. Announcing the release of the collaboration via his Instagram, the DJ and producer wrote they’ve “been sitting on this one for several years and [are] stoked to finally share it with the world”.
The eight-track album starts off with “Care for You”, a mellow introduction that gives a taste of what’s to come. “Care for You” builds throughout the song, but stays relatively simple with more subtle drops than Sol Rising is known for being able to deliver. The first heavy build and drop comes at the first chorus of the second and title track, “Northern Lights”. Also added to the mix in “Northern Lights” are unique low harmonies that are mixed in throughout the rest of the album.
Both artists are involved with meditation and yoga events, and their dedication to human connection is evident throughout the album. The message behind the penultimate track of “Northern Lights” supports this passion the strongest. The song is titled “Love Can Only Change You”, which seems like a complete thought regarding how interpersonal relationships are bound to have an impact. However, the title of the song has a second part which is revealed within the lyrics. Heather sings “love can only change you if you let it break your walls down” and with it changes the message to encourage listeners to be vulnerable and let other people in.
The most unique aspect of this project is the blend of Heather’s sultry vocals with Sol Rising’s production. The lyrics are thoughtful, relatable, and invite the listener to be at peace while appreciating all the subtleties they’ve carefully placed within. A collaboration such as this opens doors for both artists and both Heather Christie and Sol Rising will be ones to follow in the upcoming months.
To find out more about Heather Christie, you can follow her @HeatherCSongs on Instagram or on her website at https://www.heathercsongs.com/.
Review by: Emily Watson
Emily Watson was raised in New England and now lives in Portland, OR. She spends her free time writing indie-pop music and exploring Oregon. You can follow her on Instagram @emjaywat.