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Multa Nox's Dreamy New Drone Explores the Loneliness in Human Connection

Sally Decker's new track "heartclock" comes from 'Living Pearl', out June 2 on NNA Tapes.

Colin Joyce

The compositions that Sally Decker makes as Multa Nox are filled with gestures that force contemplation. Like a number of likeminded artists huddled under the umbrella of ambient music, she works with damp synth patches, blustery vocals, and foggy effects processing. Her pieces move slowly and deceptively, producing an illusory stillness—a respite from the world where you can stop and think for a second. That's the mindset that produced the somber "heartclock," a drippy eight-minute drone from her new full-length Living Pearl (due June 2 on NNA Tapes).

Decker said in an email that the track came from meditating on human connection, and realizing that there's often a dark undertones to feelings of belonging. "This track emerged from thinking about moments when I feel a deep connectedness to people, ideas, or art," She wrote. "Yet at the same time, a sinking feeling of loneliness and isolation accompanies these positive waves of connection."

The song stretches out slowly, its synthesizers ebbing and oozing gracefully. Her wordless vocals come in around the three-and-a-half-minute mark, floating around the droning melodies. It's haunted and melancholic, the sort of wispy thing that you might hallucinate during a long night alone while meditating on your place in the world.

You can listen below, alongside a video by Camilla Padgitt-Coles. You can pre-order Living Pearl over on Bandcamp or on the NNA site.