Boomkat Product Review:
Protégés of Espers' Greg Weeks, Lights were originally a duo formed by Brooklynites Sopphia Knapp and Linnea Vedder Shults, who eventually found their way into Weeks' Philadelphia studio with Meadows bassist Adam Mitchell, completing the band's essential line-up. Twisted Nerve's A&R department seem to be particularly on-the-ball when it comes to picking out key psychedelic folk rock records: last year they gave us the debut album by Voice Of The Seven Woods, and now they've quite sensibly licensed this splendid album from Greg Weeks' own Language Of Stone label. The album is beautifully recorded, sounding sufficiently vintage and warm to fit the tone of the music without sounding forcedly anachronistic. Mitchell's bass holds together structure on 'At Midnight' while the girls' voices waft mellifluously through the song. It's a boldly skeletal opener, but the more atmospheric 'Break, Run Fly' soon provide an injection of energy, with squawking lead guitar and tape loops of sea birds echoing around the mix. the first real standout, 'Branches Low', has a classic seventies feel, not entirely unlike an early Yes record, minus the flashy muso tendencies. This sets the tone for more great ballad type pieces, namely 'Rise Up' and 'Here We Go', which manage to sound evocatively psychedlic without having to resort to excessive vintage effects pedals or production tricks. The best is saved for last however: after a four minute drift of instrumental weirdness the closing track 'Sing It O-O-O' arrives like a breath of fresh air, rocking out in a slightly shambolic fashion while Knapp and Shults lay down a memorable, harmonised melody. Highly recommended.