Artist: Lights Fluorescent
Title: The Oldest Sons Of The Oldest Sons
Release Date: 15th November 2019
Made up of Dave Harrington (Darkside/Dave Harrington Group) and Benjamin Jay (NDF/Benoit & Sergio), Lights Fluorescent is, as the two describe it, an ‘experiment in the spaces between song and texture, idea and reference, past and present.’ On their debut album, ‘The Oldest Sons Of The Oldest Sons’, the duo develops an atmospheric, slant-pop sensibility that lists toward the experimental tendencies of improvisational and ambient music.
The result is a set of songs meant to be lived with. Entirely percussion-less, recordings drift on the tenderness of guitar, revenant feedback and vocals of autumnal intimation. Space Metal and July 9th process layers of bespoke noise and washed out chords to tarry with integral depth, light, and shadow, while Hotels distils country-western longing into its nth dimensional essence always unrequited.
From within these sonic panoramas, vocals emerge more as watercolour traces than coarse etchings. They aim to capture evocative, lyrical intensities, eschewing the solace of the literal. As such, the album favours ‘the gestural, the implicit, and the miniature over the more adolescent urges of grand narratives and epic.’ These preferences map onto the album in all of its moves. J Girls reveals a hint of story buried, like its context, deep in whorls of feedback. Fleeting images of monuments, cathedrals, or epitaphs on tracks like Palace Walls or Small Sacrifices speak to a sense of memory and community paradoxically ungrounded by the material instantiations meant to keep things in place.
A1./ 01. The Oldest Sons Of The Oldest Sons
A2./ 02. Our Earlier Years
A3./ 03. Space Metal
A4./ 04. Palace Walls
A5./ 05. Epitaphs
B1./ 06. Hotels
B2./ 07. Neil Young/Cues
B3./ 08. Small Sacrifices
B4./ 09. J Girls
B5./ 10. July 9th