Like a Drive in the Night, Pt 2
"Like a Drive in the Night, Pt 2" is the second single from Sunx, aka Morten Winther Nielsen from Treefight For Sunlight. The song describes in a direct and moving way the chain of moments that led him to realize that he had to let go of his ex-girlfriend and accept the loneliness that followed as a part of his life.
Morten Winther Nielsen had been with his teenage girlfriend for 10 years, from still living at home with their parents and through their 20s. Now he was alone for the first time and sought refuge with his friends and in the city in fear of loneliness.
At one point Morten secluded himself in the family’s summer house to write music and accidently found himself going through old vacation photos and videos. He also found some old notes and drawings made by his ex-girlfriend on a trip in Southern Europa, where they had been driving around in his parents' small bus one summer.
“There is a special calm and presence when driving through a landscape at night. You sit there, next to the one you know best of all, traveling in the dark through something you don’t know. The silence against the flow of red and white lights from the other cars and their reflexes as a flashing silvery pulse in the corner of the eye. It dawned on me that I had to dare to be alone with myself, and I got that picture in the head of driving through the night. It was the sense of peace I wanted to bring back into my own life and I finally realized that we could no longer divide the dangers of the world between us, as she used to say. By then, I knew I shouldn’t wait around for someone to come and save me from feeling lonely, ”says Morten Winther Nielsen.
As the first single "Dude", "Like a Drive in the Night, Pt 2" is carried forth by Morten's vocal and a simple piano-arrangement that recalls the great American songwriters of the 60s and 70s. But at the same time both melody and production feel very contemporary - for example in the ethereal intro, where a female vocalist sings the listener into the darkness of Southern European roads at night, and on the climatic middle section, where Morten unfolds his impressive falsetto.