Eric David Wallace: Navigating the shadows of Faith in ‘Dark Sky’

“I don't want to paint God in a negative light because I am a person of faith myself”
4 November 2023

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Eric David Wallace presents his latest alternative-electronic single, Dark Sky. Taken from the EP The Open Door, the new track sees Wallace exploring the intricate dynamics between God and humanity, employing introspective lyrics to draw listeners into his personal voyage of comprehension.

With a background in the film industry, Wallace infuses cinematic elements into his releases. The music video for Dark Sky is a visual journey, featuring black and white scenes of Wallace navigating diverse landscapes, intercut with images of flowing water and fallen leaves. The video culminates with Wallace observing his reflection in a puddle, echoing the theme of introspection embedded in the track.

“I don’t want to paint God in a negative light because I am a person of faith myself,” Wallace reveals. “But we do have many questions that He does not like to answer. This creates a certain tension on the human life experience at our expense at times unfortunately. We only learn in His timing it seems and ‘His timing’ never lines up with ‘Our Timing’ especially in this fast paced (microwave world) we are living in.”

“What is it all about,/ You’re sitting there alone,/ High up in the clouds,” Wallace ponders, unfolding the layers of existential contemplation. Analog synths weave through the track, creating a moody, pop-infused atmosphere reminiscent of icons like Radiohead, Portishead, and Depeche Mode.

Seattle’s own Wallace thrives on local collaboration, recording The Open Door at Avast Recording Co., renowned for its analog sound featured in records like Death Cab for Cutie’s ‘Plans.’ Robb Davidson, owner/engineer at Nels Motel, played a pivotal role in shaping the EP’s full and rich sound. The EP’s cover and press photos were lensed by the legendary Karen Mason-Blair, known for her work with grunge icons Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. The moody visuals encapsulate the spirit of the 5-track EP, representing the essence of the vibrant Seattle music community.

As Eric David Wallace emerges onto the indie scene, Dark Sky not only showcases his musical prowess but also invites audiences into a contemplative space, where the shadows of faith and the human experience converge. In the echoing sounds of Dark Sky, Wallace proves himself as an artist unafraid to navigate the complex terrain of spirituality and self-discovery.

Photos by Karen Mason-Blair