“The Ceiling,” the first taste of Idea the Artist‘s upcoming record The Sea Floor, begins with a mantra-like vocal loop. Halfway through the song, however, that loop is overtaken by a thudding, booming drum, and a playful guitar line; here is the moment the song has been yearning for: a sense of being grounded, no longer floating. It’s the same sentiment that Idea the Artist hits right between the eyes throughout “The Ceiling”: “I wish you were the ceiling, so you could love me,” she sings, her voice full of electricity, leaps and swerves. This is more than a song about pining for a person, it’s about pining for the sensation of safety and being anchored to reality.
“The Ceiling” is the most experimental song we have heard yet from the folk-oriented Idea the Artist, using only a handful of instruments to create a huge sound. “