“The “Knock on the Light” video is simple — just an uncharacteristically serious and somber Schwimmer dancing with a light — but the power of the clip is in its simplicity.” – Yahoo Music
Los Angeles artist Elle Belle, the creation of Christopher Pappas is excited to release the visuels to his single “Knock on the Light,” starring season 2 winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji Schwimmer. The song, off of his forth coming 20 song opus WAKO GUMBO, features guest vocals from Misty Boyce (keys for BØRNS), and was mixed by Mike Bloom (Jenny Lewis, The Elected, Julian Casablancas).
“Recently, a few teens I’ve mentored decided to take their lives,” Schwimmer tells Yahoo Music. “I was a staunch Mormon for many years, and after having left for being treated like a plague — I am a proud gay male — the lyrics really resonated with me, as I too have had to knock on the thing I once called light and know now to be darkness and evil. Leaving my ‘innocence’ — which really was ignorance and being masked and dancing in nigh obscurity — created an atmosphere where I could barely breathe.”
“Waves of sound interlock together, and even the vocals are comprised of layers and layers of voices. Every different layer of sound comes together and becomes a single cosmic groove.” – IMPOSE MAGAZINE
“Knock on the Light” is cosmic in it’s energy, and positive in it’s message. The songs protagonist finds himself disappointed and scared about the mundane possibility of a “typical life” usually associated with a house, kids and a 9-5 job. Instead of succumbing to his anxieties, the songs protagonist tasks himself with living each day to the fullest and focusing on the present – realizing that there is more than one path to happiness. “Knock on the Light” follows “Failed Dreamz” and “Rain in London” (feat Lucius) as the third single off of the forth coming WAKO GUMBO.
“The tune echoes early Twin Shadow – innovative yet infectious, enticing and engaging. It is only a matter time before Pappas becomes a household name, and “Knock On The Light” is the first stone into the pond.” – The Revue