Friday, April 25, 2014 · 3:37 a.m.
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tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt. (Photo: Contributed)

Kyle Malone nearly lost his mind producing his band’s new double album, "Ascend."

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt, Malone spent more than a year in his home studio, Spiritual Peacock Studios, mixing the 22 tracks that would make up the album. But, as of Saturday, Dec. 8, it will all pay off.

The band is throwing an album release party at Barking Legs Theater beginning at 8 p.m., which will also celebrate a new music video featuring one of the songs from the album. The song will be released on vinyl, CD and on iTunes.

“To my knowledge, we are the first Chattanooga band to ever release a double vinyl which was completely engineered, recorded, produced and mastered in the Scenic City,” Malone said via email. “'Ascend' was a labor of love.”

tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt began as an electronic pop duo in 2009 with Malone and musician/songwriter Stacey Sausa.  Eventually, Seth Ferguson joined, playing bass and acoustic guitar. They began performing shows locally and recorded their first electronic pop EP, "Summer Hearts and Dolphin Death Dreams."

Now, after gathering a loyal following, the band is set to release "Ascend."

“I would describe 'Ascend' as an exotic and futuristic, new-age, electronic pop record, something in the vein of the Beach Boys’ 'Smile' or Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon,'" Malone said. “It is experimental and advanced electronic music with accessible, radio-friendly pop songs interwoven throughout the piece.”

If you go

What: tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt with Tora Fisher and Preston Leatherman

Where: Barking Legs Theater

When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

FYI: This isn’t just a concert; it’s a party with balloons, face painting and lasers. L-A-S-E-R-S!

The concept of the album is ascension—the idea of the human consciousness having the potential of evolving to a higher plane of spirituality. It also tackles environmentalism, revolution, extraterrestrials, ancient civilizations and mythology.

Witness Chattanooga history this Saturday as tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt enlightens the crowd at Barking Legs, along with New York City singer/songwriter Tora Fisher, Alex Thompson and the Motown-influenced sound of Preston Leatherman from Nashville.

This Saturday’s show is brought to you by the good folks at ArtFRONT.

Buy your tickets online or at the door the day of the show for only $10. The first 25 people to buy online will receive a copy of tHE HEARTS IN LIGHt's first E.P., "Summer Hearts and Dolphin Death Dreams."

Charlie Moss writes about local history and popular culture, including music, movies and comics. You can contact him on Facebook, Twitter or by email. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

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