2017-11-22 05:43:54 UTC
In Lights are a post-rock band hailing from San Jose, California. Their sound is bittersweet and cinematic, taking the listener on a very emotional journey through sound.
Their recent studio project is a full-length album titled “This is How We Exist.” The songs on the album have a lush, meditative quality that makes for an introspective listening experience. Save for the last track, all the other song titles are simple words. “Search,” “Before,” “Dream…”
The aesthetics of the song titles reflect the band’s inner simplicity, allowing their music to stand out for the sheer quality of the arrangements.
If you are a fan of bands such as Stars Of The Lid, Explosions In The Sky or This Will Destroy You, you are surely going to enjoy the sound of this band. One of the most striking elements appearing consistently on the album is the crystal-clear tone of the guitar melodies. The guitar tone is present, beautiful and textured, enhanced by a splash of reverb and delay, but still retain a lot of intimacy. One of my favorite songs on the release, “Memory”, stands out as a truly exceptional example of the band’s striking dynamic range. The track son “This Is How We Exist” span from whisper-quiet to Earth-shattering loudness, going for a true rollercoaster ride with staggering heights and lush irrespective moments.
With this release, the band managed to borrow from the best Post-Rock tradition and create a sound that feels remarkably personal and expressive. One of the perils some groups might face in this particular musical niche is that they might get stuck tracing well-known patterns and perhaps, emulate their favorite bands a little too closely. While their influences are evident, In Lights arguably work harder to wow the audience with something truly special and direct.
- Forward - 06:00
- Search - 05:34
- Before - 06:21
- Memory - 06:08
- Dream - 07:58
- Spring - 04:28
- Om Namah Shivaya - 08:36
rock, instrumental, post-rock
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