Thursday, July 31, 2008

Album: Lights Out Asia - Eyes Like Brontide

Band: Lights Out Asia
Album: Eyes Like Brontide
Label: n5MD Records
Year: 2008

01. A Day Towards Other Days
02. Radars Over The Ghosts Of Chernobyl
03. X-33
04. Psiu! Puxa!
05. The Wrong Message Could End You
06. MIR
07. If I Die, I Wish You A Horrible Death
08. Six Points Of Fire

Lights Out Asia formed in February 2003 when Chris Schafer and Mike Ystad (both members of Aurore Rien) decided to pursue a new, more experimental and electronic direction in their music. The duo had written and constructed more than a dozen songs by summertime, and thus was born 'Garmonia', Lights Out Asia's debut full-length.

With the addition of longtime friend and space-rock veteran Mike Rush on guitar, Lights Out Asia continues to develop and hone its sound both in the studio and in live settings, infusing the sensibilities of indie rock, moody electronics and dream pop into cinematic spaces.

Once a band has developed a sound that is undeniably theirs it can be difficult to push beyond those confines and expand the sound into new territory. Lights Out Asia set out to do just that and have succeeded in writing a record that was as much a sign of the times as it was an expansion of their aural bubble that has been their watermark.

They have been called ethereal, post-shoegaze and sleep-rock, but on their third full length "Eyes Like Brontide" the band slides into a darker more ominous and less lucid dream than on previous efforts. The release is a stylistic shift from the sweet lullabies of their debut "Garmonia" (Sun Sea Sky) and the electronic drum driven post-shoegaze of 2007's "Tanks and Recognizers" (n5MD).

The song dynamics on the album deserve special attention. For the first time in Lights Out Asia's history they have gone for broke with some of the most epic drum machine driven post-rock this side of the Pacific along with solemn disconnected passages of dream nourished sonics. The occasional floating vocal and dusty winding guitar they are known for are still present, but "Eyes Like Brontide" brings a whole new dimension to the Lights Out Asia ethos. Most importantly, the band has expanded upon its sound without throwing away the original blueprint or alienating it's fanbase.
"Eyes Like Brontide" is recommended for fans of Hammock, Bitcrush, Robin Guthrie and Manual.

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