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All The Rest Release 'Sleeping With The Lights On'

Retro flavors combined with luxe modern electro-pop.

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Meet All The Rest, who premiere their new single "Sleeping With The Lights On."

Made up of four best friends who got together in a basement in Senoia, Georgia, a town famous as the filming location of The Walking Dead, All The Rest is comprised of Caleb Smith (vocals, guitar), Baylee Waller (vocals, guitar), Jud Harris (drums), and Tre Housman (bass).

Talking about the inspiration for the song, vocalist Baylee Waller says, "Being alone is a concept we can't escape in life. While some of us can manage, everyone else seems to go mad trying to escape loneliness. Personally, I like to BE alone, but I don't like to FEEL alone. At least that's the mindset that shaped what is now 'Sleeping With The Lights On.' It's somewhat of a cry for help that you don't want answered ... but you do."

In 2018, the band's single, "Waste My Money," hit the top spot on HypeM's chart. "Sleeping With The Lights On" is their first release of 2019, perfectly embodying the band's contagious sound, a blend of '80s retro with luxe modern electro-pop.

"Sleeping With The Lights On" opens on surfacing synths and filtered vocals flowing into a potent measured electro-pop groove. The nostalgia-laden background vocals are accompanied by radiant harmonies infusing the tune with a gleaming wall-of-sound. Waller's voice is rich and persuasive.

Retro filaments lend a distinctive ambiance, suffusing the music with nuances of uneasiness and lonely solitude.

Alluring suggestions of isolation traveling on buttery savors and strident urgency make "Sleeping With The Lights On" hypnotic.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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It was confirmed today that Mark Hollis, frontman of Talk Talk, has died after a short illness at the age of 64. One of the co-founders of Talk Talk, Paul Webb, shared this touching tribute to the singer:

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Hollis' longtime manager, Keith Aspden said, "I'm still trying to accept this but sadly it's true, Mark has died after a short illness from which he never recovered. Deeply felt sorrow for a remarkable person who remained true to himself throughout his life. I can't tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music. I'm grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us."

Talk Talk was formed in 1981 when Hollis met drummer Lee Harris, bassist Paul Webb, and keyboardist Simon Brenner. Mark Hollis' voice was the sound of the 80s, perfectly tortured but emotive, tender but gruff. He was responsible for such hits as "It's My Life" and "The Rainbow." He released five records with Talk Talk before they split up in 1991 and a solo album in 1998 before virtually going off the grid.

In tribute to the life and work of Mark Hollis, we've compiled a list of the top five best Talk Talk songs of all time.

"It's My Life"

One of the band's most popular songs, this solid pop song made it to the Top 10 in the US and the Top 20 in the UK upon its release in 1984.

"The Rainbow"

Talk Talk - THE RAINBOW -

Released on their 1987 experimental album Spirit of Eden, this iconic tune features aspects of jazz, electronica, classical, folk, blues, and prog rock.

"New Grass"

Talk Talk - New Grass (Video)

A definite stand out on Laughing Stock, this guitar-heavy piece is meditative and powerful. The specific musical voice of Mark Hollis is incredibly clear here.

"After the Flood"


Featuring more soul influences than other eras in Talk Talk's career, these are some of Hollis' strongest lyrics.

"Life's What You Make It"

Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It Official Music

Another Talk Talk classic, this song leans more towards rock, but still features plenty of 80s pop effects, and, of course, Hollis' infectious voice.

Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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