By Light We Loom headlines our afternoon. You may have seen them in Cincinnati at Bunbury or MidPoint Music Festival, but the 2019 Top Indie Band in Cleveland hasn’t played Cincinnati since the pandemic -until NOW! Their original tunes and unique sound are energetic and fun. Bring your dancing shoes!
Husband-and-wife indie-pop duo By Light We Loom has made a name for itself with creative electronic beats, lively performances and a sound that serves as a stark contrast from the members’ previous music project.
Transitioning from indie-folk to indie-pop
Shanna Delaney and Eric Ling led the six-piece folk band Bethesda for seven years before it dissolved in 2014. Unsure of where to take their music career next, the couple reinvented themselves and developed a new style.
By Light We Loom debuted its first EP, “The Ignition,” in 2015, followed by “Caught in the Tide” in 2016. Tracks from the latter EP achieved national radio play, reached the Top 100 of College Radio Charts and were featured in episodes of the PBS program “Roadtrip Nation.”
“That’s one of the things I’m most proud of for Shanna and I, is that we actually were able to establish ourselves as a brand-new band with a completely different sound and grow a fan base and release records again,” Delaney said.
Moving on from that phase in their lives to a music career that drifted into a more pop-focused direction came somewhat natural, as Delaney and Ling maintained the storytelling aspects of their songwriting that they had fine-tuned in their former band.
Evolving into an electronic band
Opting to try something more experimental than pressing on as an acoustic, singer-songwriter duo, Ling locked himself in a room and began learning how to write electronic music for By Light We Loom.
Delaney, a trained vocalist, and Ling shared a love for different genres of music and spent time together simply listening before diving into the electronic, indie-pop sound themselves.
Delaney said the couple can spend a significant amount of time, often up to two months, writing a single song for their current project.
“It’s so hard to explain electronic music to people,” Delaney said. “I don’t think people realize how hard [it is]. We’ll sit in our living room for probably, like, a couple hours and just listen to hundreds of drum sounds.”
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